The FIA has announced that it will tighten current restrictions and freeze engine development for a decade as of next season. The decision was taken at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, which was held in Paris on Wednesday.
“There will be a total freeze on engine development for a period of 10 years, starting from 2008,” said the statement. “A change can be made after five years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice period. Total freeze means that there will be no exceptions for development of certain parts of the engine, as is the case under the current regulations.”
The FIA argues that freezing engine development will cut costs, help reduce speeds and level the playing field between independent teams and the big-budget manufacturers, but the manufacturers wanted to maintain the technological appeal of the sport with continuing development.