Engine manufacturers may continue to supply old versions of their power units in future seasons – but only with the approval of the FIA.
The sport’s governing body has introduced extensive new regulations for 2017 which oblige engine manufacturers to ensure an affordable supply of engines. However teams will only be able to receive previous-generation motors if the FIA agrees to it.
Ferrari is supplying 2015-specification power units to Toro Rosso this year and provided Manor with 2014 hardware last season. The FIA’s head of power train Fabrice Lom said “there is a provision, if you ask the FIA, like for Toro Rosso, you can have this provision, but with the consent of the FIA, to have a previously homologated spec”.
If the FIA declines to allow a manufacturer to provide a year-old engine they will be required to supply a current one and continue to provide updates.
“It is a TD [technical directive] for this year and a regulation for ’17 if I am correct,” said Lom. “It is clearly said that this is not possible.”
“Clearly you must have the same spec between teams and you must introduce the updates – because we have in-season tokens from ’16, again ’17, you must introduce this update to your customer teams in, let’s say, a timely manner.”
“So, for example, if you have your update today because you have a new engine, the next time you have a new engine on your customer team it must have the updates.”
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year