F1 shake-up: Mosley's long-term view

The sport's governing body, the FIA, took advantage of the Formula 1 summit at Heathrow today to announce far-reaching rule changes beyond 2003

F1 shake-up: Mosley's long-term view

In time for the 2004 season, teams will be required to use standard brakes, rear wing and long-life components. The engine manufacturers will be required to supply their powerplants to all competing teams, and the FIA will take a zero tolerance stance on traction control. The use of exotic materials will also be banned.

Mosley was asked what would happen if engine manufacturers refused to supply engines to other teams. He responded: "If they don't, we will bring in some sort of rule, but we don't want to do that because they may walk away."

He added: "In the end they are going to have to supply engines. The teams thus have found a way of doing that this year. Now for 2004 we have to solve the problem. Mercedes has made a good start by offering - now we have to move forwards."

Further changes will be imposed in 2005. Engine life will be extended to two races per unit, major components will be required to have a further extension on their lifespan and harsh penalties will be imposed on teams changing major parts outside permitted times. Engine life in 2006 will be extended to six races.

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