Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

F1 to wave goodbye to confusing engine tokens next year // Abiteboul confirms manufacturers agreed rule change

Published by Christine

F1 to wave goodbye to confusing engine tokens next year
Credit: Renault Sport F1
F1 to wave goodbye to confusing engine tokens next year audio waveform
00:01:00
Slow

Renault’s Cyril Abiteboul has said that the power unit token system, that was designed to limit the amount of upgrades any one manufacturer made to their engine, will be scrapped from next season onwards. The system was brought in last year and was intended to have a descending number of tokens each season to help curb costs but keep things competitive.

Abiteboul says: “The token system is being removed. One of the reasons we have all agreed to do this is that we all need the performance of the engine to converge. An F1 that is dictated by the performance of the engine is not good for anyone.”

We have seen, quite starkly, that a team with a good engine, such as Mercedes, will surge to success, whilst a team powered by a struggling engine, such as McLaren-Honda will endure a desperate season. Abiteboul continues: “We have decided also for the public, to stop the public being confused between the penalty system and the token system.” Which we can only hope means no more 125 place grid penalties in the future.