The FIA has officially approved new engine regulations which will run for the next four seasons. The rules will mean a reduction in the price and guarantees the supply to customer teams as well as closing the performance gap between engines, and improving engine noise.
Over the last few months there has been concerns about the expense complexity and sound of the hybrid engines, and Mercedes’ dominance of F1. The cost of the engines will fall by €1 million in 2017 and a further €3 million in 2018.
The cost reduction is being brought in because customer teams have complained that the prices are too high.
The four engine manufacturers have agreed to measures which should bring the performance closer together. These rules will be guaranteed by the FIA until 2020 and the sport will maintain the current governance structure.
In October FIA president Jean Todt and F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone threatened to introduce a cheaper alternative engine to run alongside the turbo hybrids under an equivalency formula.
The statement from the FIA says that the engine manufacturers will have “obligation to supply” that will be activated in the event of a team facing an absence of supply.
There will also be restrictions on turbo-boost pressure will be introduced in 2017 and 2018. Sources at Renault say they have a contract with FOM which has obligation to supply a team other than its factory outfit if asked.
However the changes could be delayed further until 2018 says the FIA.