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McLaren-Honda F1 handed fifth engine for 2015
McLaren-Honda F1 team handed an extra engine in 2015, for each of their drivers as F1 announced a package of measures on Thursday that included an overhaul of its controversial power unit penalty system.

Formula 1 governing body FIA said in a statement that a meeting of the sport’s Strategy Group had agreed a number of steps, some of which would be put to a vote next week.

“It was agreed to allow an extra power unit per driver in the first year to any new manufacturer entering the championship and, for the sake of fairness, the measure will apply retroactively to Honda for the 2015 season,” it said.

F1 Drivers were allowed five power units in 2014, the entrance season for the V6, but that was cut to four for 2015.

Honda has already used its allocated four power units, the new regulation will still apply retroactively, meaning it will not take a penalty for one more engine change for either Fernando Alonso or Jenson Button in 2015.

The FIA said an overhaul of power unit penalties had been unanimously agreed and would be submitted to an express vote by its World Motorsport Council in Mexico City next week.

Changes to exhaust systems to improve engine noise in 2016 would also be voted on.

Increased restrictions on driver aids and coaching, through radio messages, would be implemented from next month’s Belgian Grand Prix onwards with an emphasis on race starts.

“These measures will bring back the driver in full control of the car, enhancing race excitement and unpredictability,” the FIA said.

The FIA and commercial rights holders were given a mandate to propose a “comprehensive set of measures for power unit development and cost of supply.”

The FIA said a new set of regulations to achieve faster and more aggressive looking cars for 2017, with wider bodies and wheels and more downforce, was being assessed by teams.

“Exciting and innovative changes” to qualifying and the race weekend format were also being evaluated for 2016. (Credit: Reuters)

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