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Honda convinces FIA to permit engine upgrades - FIA opt for equality for the 2015 season

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Honda convinces FIA to permit engine upgrades
Credit: McLaren
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Honda have won their battle with Formula One’s governing body to allow them to upgrade their power unit throughout the season, just as the other engine manufacturers will be able to do in 2015.

The row started when the FIA admitted there was a loophole in the regulations that would allow Mercedes, Renault and Ferrari to develop their engines throughout the year, but that Honda would have to stop pre-season due to it being their first year in the sport.

After a meeting with the FIA, Honda will now be allowed to upgrade like their competitors, with representative Charlie Whiting saying: “As each of the four 2015 manufacturers will have a homologated power unit at the start of the season, we believe it would be fair to ensure that each of them enjoys equal opportunities for upgrades during the season. We will therefore allow the new manufacturers to use the same number of tokens that the other three manufacturers have available to them, taken as an average of the three.”