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FIA rule out year-old engines in 2016 F1

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FIA rule out year-old spec engines in 2016 F1

FIA rule out year-old spec engines in 2016 F1

The FIA have ruled customer engine unit must be of the same specification as that of the factory team in 2016 Formula 1.

The re-written technical regulations means engine manufactures Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda cannot supply year-old spec engines to their customer teams from 2016 F1.

The governing body FIA published regulations today which specify the following:

Article 23.5 of F1’s 2016 Sporting Regulations: “Only power units which are identical to the power unit that has been homologated by the FIA in accordance with Appendix 4 of these regulations may be used at an Event during the 2016- 2020 Championship seasons.”

Some unofficial source suggested that, Ferrari were willing to supply Toro Rosso with a 2015 specification engine-unit for 2016, as the Red Bull-backed teams struggle to find an engine supply for 2016.

The modified regulations come after the FIA tightened up a loophole in the regulations that allowed for in-season updates this year. But Appendix 4 does permit reliability and cost-cutting updates.

‘A manufacturer may apply to the FIA during the course of the homologation period to carry out modifications to their homologated power unit for the sole purposes of reliability, safety, cost-saving,’ it reads.

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