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FIA: Teams may eliminate engine performance differential

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21/09/2009

At today's World Motor Sport Council extraordinary meeting, it was agreed that teams can make moves to eliminate the engine performance differential, however, they must do so by lowering the output of the more powerful engines.

Announcing the decision, the FIA said: "Following suggestions that there is a differential between the performance of engines used in Formula One, the World Motor Sport Council has decided that should this be the case, and should the teams wish to eliminate this performance differential, they may be allowed to do so by reducing the performance of the more powerful engines. However, no engine upgrades will be allowed."

Ahead of the current season, Renault was allowed to make limited changes to its engines after rival teams agreed that the French manufacturer's powerplants had fallen behind in terms of power.

Then, in Monza, after Mercedes engines powered four of the top six cars, Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali revealed that the Engine Working Group would be looking at ways of eliminating the engine performance differential in time for the 2010 season.

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