Saturday, 27 December 2014

Boullier urges the FIA to relax the engine regulations regarding development

Stoffel Vandoorne on day 2 of the 2014 Abu Dhabi test

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier has called for the FIA to relax the engine regulations in relation to development to allow Mercedes rivals to catch up to the German manufacturer. The current regulations do not allow power unit development on the basis of performance but instead only related to reliability.

Eric Boullier believes that the engine regulations need to be unfrozen in order for the sport to have competition.

The Frenchman feels that if they disallow competition it goes against the spirit of the sport. In 2015, McLaren make the switch from Mercedes to Honda power. Boullier believes that something isn't done ahead of the start of the 2015 season then Mercedes will dominate Formula One for years to come.

Mercedes have stated that they do not want any changes made to the regulations governing the development of the power unit.

McLaren have stated that next season when they embark on their new partnership with Honda that they will concentrate on reliability and not performance but they are confident that Honda have given them a power unit that will allow them to be competitive from the opening race of the season in Melbourne, Australia.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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