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F1 could scrap engine rule tweak for 2018

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Formula 1 could be set to scrap a scheduled tweak to the engine regulations for 2018.

Currently, while drivers are limited to four engines for the entire season in 2017, that ‘long life’ allocation is set to drop to just three engines next year.

But Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport said the Strategy Group is set to discuss the future of the ‘three engines for 2018 Formula One’ rule during a meeting on Monday.

The drop from 4 engines to 3 engines next year is designed to cut costs.

But F1 officials are tipped to argue that costs will in fact not go down. Manufacturers will have to re-design engines so that they are more reliable, and there could also be a performance trade-off with less power and weight.

Correspondent Michael Schmidt explained: “Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda have concluded that longer running life (for engines) means more development and more test cycles on the test bench.”

A Mercedes official confirmed: “It’s going to cost a lot of money.”

So the Strategy Group will reportedly propose that the drop from 4 to 3 engines be scrapped, but the EUR 5 million price-reduction to customer teams be passed on anyway.

“That way, everybody wins,” said Schmidt. “For the private teams, the engine costs are reduced, while the manufacturers do not have to reinvent their power units.”

FIA preparing to cockpit protection from 2018 F1

Formula 1 Strategy Group has agreed unanimously to the implementation of frontal cockpit protection for F1 cars in 2018 in order to significantly boost the safety of drivers.

“It was decided that owing to the relatively short timeframe until the commencement of the 2017 Formula One season it would be prudent to use the remainder of this year and early next year to further evaluate the full potential of all options before final confirmation,” read an FIA statement, issued following Thursday’s meeting in Geneva.

“This will include undertaking multiple on-track tests of the ‘Halo’ system in practice sessions during the rest of this season and during the first part of the 2017 season.

“While the Halo is currently the preferred option, as it provides the broadest solution to date, the consensus among the Strategy Group was that another year of development could result in an even more complete solution.

“Halo remains a strong option for introduction in 2018.”

Free up radio rules from 2018 Formula 1

At the request of the Teams and Commercial Rights Holder, the FIA has agreed to adopt a more liberal approach to the interpretation of Article 27.1 (that a driver must drive the car “alone and unaided”).

With the exception of the period between the start of the formation lap and the start of the race, there will be no limitations on messages teams send to their drivers either by radio or pit board.

This approach is aimed at providing improved content for fans and spectators, as teams will now be required to provide the Commercial Rights Holder with unrestricted access to their radio messages at all times that their cars are out of the garage.

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