F1 rules dead­line ex­tended to April

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The dead­line to de­cide upon the fu­ture of F1’s tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions from 2017 has been ex­tended, de­spite out­line rules for new and faster cars be­ing ap­proved.

The FIA ini­tially wanted a con­crete agree­ment on changes to cars from 2017 on­wards by Fe­bru­ary 29 but, fol­low­ing meet­ings with the F1 Strat­egy Group and F1 Com­mis­sion in Geneva, that has been ex­tended to April 30.

The FIA ap­proved bodywork changes last week, with cars set to be­come wider, faster and more ag­gres­sive. The main cause for the ex­ten­sion stems from the need to fi­nalise cost­cut­ting and sup­ply plans for power units. F1’s four en­gine mak­ers held lengthy talks over the win­ter try­ing to agree on a cap of 12mil­lion euro per sea­son, but Bernie Ec­cle­stone is also push­ing for all en­gines to run iden­ti­cal power out­put.

A state­ment from the FIA World Mo­tor­sport Coun­cil said the dead­line ex­ten­sion “will al­low stake­hold­ers the best op­por­tu­nity to fi­nalise all work – es­pe­cially with re­gard to the power unit reg­u­la­tions fo­cus­ing on four key ar­eas of cost, obli­ga­tion to sup­ply, per­for­mance con­ver­gence and im­prove­ment of noise.”

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