Manufacturers told to 'honour engine deal'

Formula 1's car manufacturers have been warned that they must not back away from their promise to supply cheap customer engines next season if they want the FIA's recent amnesty on traction control to stand, according to this week's AUTOSPORT magazine

Manufacturers told to 'honour engine deal'

Max Mosley, the president of motorsport's governing body the FIA, will have talks with the teams and car makers at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. This is amid concerns that his crusade to secure the futures of the smaller outfits, such as Jordan and Minardi, could be derailed by manufacturers' resistance to supply extra engines at a lower cost, which they agreed to on the eve of the Spanish GP.

An FIA insider has confirmed that it is taking the wording of the agreement "very seriously" and that it only agreed to drop the planned ban on traction control because it would help the smaller teams by reducing engine costs for manufacturers.

Mosley said: "We are in discussions with the teams on this matter."

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