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GP Week : Issue 119
F1 NEWS >> F1 teams will know at the end of this month whether or not the proposed engine regulations revamp will be enforced in 2013, after the FIA on Friday left the door open to a delay in adopting the rules. The FIA will consult with the sport’s main stakeholders before possibly holding a vote of its WMSC members about delaying the rules, but this vote cannot take place any later than June 30. The FIA is facing mounting opposition from engine manufacturers on the introduction of the fuel-efficient 4-cylinder turbocharged engine for 2013, with Friday’s decision from the sport’s governing body likely to delay them by at least a year. Ferrari, Mercedes and Cosworth have all voiced concerns about the new engine specification, with Cosworth especially concerned about the associated development costs. Friday’s WMSC meeting in Barcelona rubber-stamped the engine regulations that were previously confirmed in December, namely 1.6 - litre powerplants with high pressure injection, limited to 12,000 rpm and with extensive energy management and energy recover systems (ERS). The FIA also confirmed that plans to reintroduce ground effect aerodynamics for 2013 have been abandoned, with the chassis regulations due to be based on the 2011 rules. Modifications will be made to reduce drag which, accompanied by the new engine rules, aims to produce a 35% improvement in fuel consumption. Other tweaks to the rules for 2013 will include a limit on the front nose height to improve safety, a limitation on transmissions to reduce costs (gear ratios and number of gearboxes) and an increase of the minimum weight to 660kg. 2013 engine regs could be delayed Teams have three weeks to decide Insurance products for the Motorsport industry – worldwide The season is about to start - call us now Adrian Hardy +44 (0)207 220 0138 Jon Salmon +44 (0)207 220 0143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our brand new website is coming soon! Lloyds broker Ellis Clowes & Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority 11