Supposedly in order to cut costs and promote fuel-efficiency, the FIA has decided to freeze engine development at 2006 F1 specifications, a mere year after cutting the number of cylinders in cars from 10 to 8. We think this is a bad idea. F1 engine development has been at the bleeding edge of technology for years, which is part of the series' appeal. Do things to the bodies to keep the cars competitive, but to kill the technical innovation inherent in Formula One engine development seems like a desperate bid to us, as well as closing off an important proving ground for the manufacturers. Why not just throw in production-block-based pushrod motors at this point? It seems to have worked for the France family.
F1 engine freeze in 2007 [TVNZ]
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