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Winners and Losers of the ‘Engine Freeze’ Loophole

So after all the wrangling, arguments and whining, it turns out three of the Formula One power unit manufacturers will be able to develop their engines during the season after all. A loophole in the regulations governing engine development has been found. It gives Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault as much time as they like to develop their 2015 engines. But there's a sting in the tail—because they can only introduce one new specification per season, incremental upgrades are out. The new power unit must be introduced in one go, so if they decide to bring it in at, for example, Spain—the start of the European season—the teams they supply will have to run a 2014 power unit for the first four races, per James Allen on F1. Honda, a...

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