Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, has met with representatives of Honda and is reportedly considering making changes to the engine rules.
The meeting, which took place yesterday, was called on Honda’s demand, as the Japanese manufacturer was unhappy over a recent clarification of the sport’s engine homologation rules.
A loophole in the regulations allows for existing manufacturers Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault, to develop their engine trough out the 2015 season, as the regulations incredibly did not state a specific date by which their engines must be homologatedm whereas in 2014, the first year of the new regulations, the homologation deadline was 28 February. Honda, as a new manufacturer, must however, observe the same deadline (28 February) its rivals adhered to.
The Japanese manufacturer is also being forced to supply only four engines to their drivers in 2015, the same as other brands, even though rivals were allowed one more in their first season with the V6 turbo engines.
Last week Honda and McLaren revealed they had been in touch with the FIA, calling for fair competition, and following yesterday’s meeting, a Honda spokesperson told the BBC the talks were “constructive” and that the meeting “went well”, although it is not yet clear when a final decision will be taken.
Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault can carry out performance developments in 2015 on 32 areas of development, each known as a token and if the FIA agrees to a rule change, Honda could be given the same 32 development tokens for this season. That would put Honda on the same development path as its rivals, which sees a year-on-year reduction in the number of tokens through to 2020.
If the clarification of the rules is upheld, Honda’s engine will be frozen after pre-season testing, with performance development prohibited until the winter.
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