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Understanding the New Engine Rules

As the Formula One engine makers submit their current engine specifications to the FIA for a development freeze that will last the next four seasons, autosport.com's technical writer Craig Scarborough explains how the rule will be enforced, why it was introduced, and how it will affect the sport

As the cars rolled into parc ferme at the end of the Japanese Grand Prix two weeks ago, a process kicked in that will alter Formula One for the next three years at least.

Part of FIA president Max Mosley's vision going into the next decade will see the specification of engines frozen until after 2010. The change is unprecedented in F1 history and has been the subject of much political dispute.

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