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Formula 1 halts development of Power Units from 2022

11 February 2021

Formula 1 teams will be forced to freeze the development of engines from 2022 in a bid to reduce cost and reach carbon neutrality.

In a significant development following a meeting held today between the FIA and Formula 1, a vote to freeze the development of Power Units was taken and unanimously agreed by all teams and Power Unit Manufacturers.

The key objectives for the 2025 Power Unit next Formula 1 generation car will be:

– Environmental Sustainability and social and automotive relevance

– Fully sustainable fuel

– Creating a powerful and emotive Power Unit

– Significant cost reduction

– Attractiveness to new Power Unit manufacturers

A high-level working group has been established including current and potential Power Unit manufacturers and fuel suppliers.

Also at the meeting cost control was also discussed as 2021 sees the introduction of a cost cap for the first time in Formula 1. A working group will be created – including the drivers themselves – to discuss the topic of driver and senior team management contracts.

In addition, a working group has also been created to develop a plan to engage fans in a new and innovative way, which could lead to a new qualifying format at some races. An outcome is expected before the start for the 2021 Championship.

 

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