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Honda query engine unfreeze as FIA clarify regulation loophole // Missing date causes issues for 2016

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Honda query engine unfreeze as FIA clarify regulation loophole
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The FIA have had to admit their regulations missed a crucial detail in terms of the engine freeze. The intention is that teams can develop a certain portion of the power units from their first season to the next, and have that completed before the season begins. However, the FIA failed to put a deadline date in the rules and have had to allow that teams will be able to introduce their developments throughout the course of the year.

This should please Renault and Ferrari, who have been pushing the governing body to relax the engine freeze to give them a chance to catch up with the supremely dominant Mercedes High Performance Power Train.

It hasn’t pleased Honda, however, as they are coming in with their new engine for the first year, rather than the second like everyone else. They have been given a date of February 28th after which the power unit is frozen. The FIA have said this is fair because the other engine suppliers had to go through the first year of pain and now Honda have to do the same. The Japanese manufacturer isn’t convinced, and hope to meet with the FIA to discuss the problem soon.