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Formula 1 outlines plan for cheaper, simpler 2021 engine

Formula 1 outlines plan for cheaper, simpler 2021 engine”

The proposals are aimed at reducing costs, "improving the sound", increasing competitiveness between teams and maintaining road relevance.

Aiming to boost the much-maligned sound of the current power units, the running speed has been raised by 3000rpm.

However, if the FIA and F1 are in agreement, the teams do not have enough power within F1's rule-making procedure to block them - unless Ferrari objects and decides to use a veto over new rules it has enshrined in its contracts with the sport. "We felt it was important to bring the teams into the discussions today and explain the direction we are taking and I'm pleased with the response we have received".

The FIA, its President Jean Todt and manufacturer representatives have outlined their vision of what the 2021 Formula 1 power unit regulations will look like, and plan to finalize the regulations by the end of 2017. However, FIA will continue working for another year on the new engine specifications, before which teams will not be able to commence work on the new engines.

Governing body the FIA and new F1 owners Liberty Media presented the proposals to teams in Paris on Tuesday, which included retaining a 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid engine but showed adaptations to the two ways cars now were able to generate hybrid power.

One way to control spending, as suggested at Tuesday's meeting, is to limit internal design parameters and therefore discourage more extreme, expensive designs available only to top teams.

High Level of external prescriptive design to give "Plug-And-Play" engine/chassis/transmission swap capability.

The MGU-K's role in the power unit assembly has also been redefined, with the FIA targeting a more powerful unit "with focus on manual driver deployment in race, together with option to save up energy over several laps" which should yield an increase of tactical on-track racing.

Perhaps a more significant change is the removal of the MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit-Heat). There will also be a single turbo with dimensional constraints and weight limits, while a standard energy store and control electronics will be mandated. Furthermore, fuel and oil-burning regulations will be tightened.

Formula 1 will see a major overhaul three years from now with new manufacturers, drivers and teams coming in, and this is the beginning towards the same. F1 will stick with 1.6-liter hybrid V6s, but the sport's governing body will take measures to reduce complexity, ideally leveling the playing field between current and future suppliers.

A joint statement by the FIA and F1 said the proposals would now be "discussed and developed" by interested parties in a series of meetings "in the spirit of the widest possible co-operation".



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