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GP Week : Issue 220
fifth engine stalls Plans to introduce a fifth engine into the pool available to teams looks set to collapse. Though the idea had support from all four engine manufacturers the change met with resistance from some teams who held concerns over the added costs the change would introduce. With an engine costing in the region of $750,000, to exploit the new regulation teams would be forced to pay $1.5million, a figure Force India, Williams and Sauber all baulked at. Teams had unanimously voted for an increased pool of power units in Malaysia, with debate thereafer cantered on how an additional unit might be incorporated; some suggesting simply adding it to the avilable stock while others were in favour of making it available solely for Friday practice in an effort to increase running on the opening day. A decision on the proposal is set to be made when the Strategy Group meets this week, though nobody is willing to predict just how the vote will go with teams frequently change their stated positions on everything from fifth engines to the type of water available for their meetings. But even if the amendment does get passed there are further hurdles to be jumped, warns McLaren's Jonathan Neale. "If it goes to five engines with a thousand strings attached and complex other paraphernalia around it I don't think it will go through," he reasoned. "There are some conflicting views. There was a certain degree of unanimous agreement amidst the teams in Malaysia. I think that position has changed a bit from what I can pick up in paddock rumour." Renault in particular would welcome the news given Daniel Ricciardo has now used all four of his alloted power units - taking another would hand the Australian a ten place grid penalty. 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news