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Is the F1 Engine Development Loophole a Symptom of Larger Problems at the FIA?

The FIA, Formula One's governing body, has admitted there is a loophole in the wording of the engine development regulations introduced last year, according to Autosport's Jonathan Noble. This means that manufacturers will be allowed to develop their engines during the season, although development was supposed to be frozen in an attempt to contain costs. This latest embarrassment for the FIA is only one in a recent string. Since Jean Todt, a former team principal of Ferrari, was elected president of the Federation in 2009, the FIA has failed to introduce promised cost-control measures and instituted a Strategy Group that has effectively given control of the sport's regulations to Bernie Ecclestone, representing the sport's commercial r...

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