Formula 1 chiefs have again failed to reach a solution on engine regulations before this Saturday’s deadline to have plans for 2017 finalised.
The Strategy Group and F1 Commission met at Biggin Hill on Tuesday to discuss next year’s engine regulations as well as redesigning the cars to make them five seconds a lap faster. The meeting was one of the last chances teams had to abandon the changes, as making the cars faster didn’t solve the problem of overtaking a car in front.
However, it has been reported that voting could not go ahead despite the disagreement because not enough people were present at the meeting.
Despite Mercedes pushing to scrap the radical overhaul of the 2017 car there wasn’t enough support to mount a challenge, which means that the plan for wider and bigger cars for next season will now most likely go ahead as there isn’t a big enough push against it.
On the engine front, the meeting of the Strategy Group and the F1 Commission continued to be a stalemate, even though there was majority approval for a two-year plan to be introduced to cut costs of the engines and level the playing field.
A formal vote to approval changes to the engine regulations couldn’t proceed as not enough members from the F1 Commission were present to sign off on the changes.
The F1 Commission is made up of FOM, the FIA, teams, promoters, and sponsors, and it is believed that some of the circuit promoters were absent as they couldn’t travel to the meeting.
An e-vote will now take place in the next few days to decide on the 2017 engine and car regulations, as well as other proposed changes like an increase in the maximum fuel limit.
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