Teams set to discuss engine equalisation

Formula 1 teams are set to discuss the possibility of allowing a re-equalisation of engines for next season in order to have a more level playing field

Teams set to discuss engine equalisation

The sport is currently under a regime that freezes engine development during the year, but last year the FIA allowed Renault to modify its engine during the off-season.

Now teams are ready to discuss another 'unfreeze', as the Mercedes-powered cars have dominated in power circuits this season.

The German car maker supplies engines to six of the 20 cars on the grid, and it is likely it will sell its power units to a fourth team in 2010.

"I think that for sure it is something that we are discussing in the engine working group, because with all respect, we have to understand," said Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali.

"We have seen a great performance of the Mercedes engine, but before giving the final sentence on that we need to understand exactly and see the numbers and the power curve and everything connected to that.

"It is a point that is on the table to discuss between the teams because it is something that we need to understand."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner agreed that it is a matter that should be looked at.

"I think it is something that perhaps needs to be carefully looked at," Horner told AUTOSPORT.

"The FIA has all the information they can see where the differences are on, I don't think it is a coincidence that you have three Mercedes-powered teams that dominated six out of the top seven places in qualifying and looked dominant again here in the race today.

"So, the FIA I am sure, they have all that information to hand, but it is always the danger of a freeze that you can freeze in a competitive advantage."

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