Formula 1’s leaders have agreed to delay the introduction of the new engine regulations until 2014, while also confirming that the new engine rules would feature 1.6-litre V6 engines instead of the four-cylinder units originally agreed to.
After months of speculation and complaints about the introduction of the new engine rules – imposed to create a more environmentally-friendly image for the sport, as well as to introduce more road-relevant technology that could attract other manufacturers to the sport – F1’s engine manufacturers tabled a proposal to the Formula 1 Commission to amend the future engine regulations.
It was the four-cylinder issue that had divided many engine-makers, and eventually it was agreed for a six-cylinder compromise, while still designing a ‘hybrid’ system that the FIA was insistent on implementing.
After the proposal achieved the required agreement from the F1 Commission – a body made up of teams and other representatives of the sport – it will now be settled at a vote of the World Motor Sport Council, which is expected to be rubber-stamped by the end of the week.
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