The news swept through the Fuji paddock quicker than a tidal wave, and was then accepted as fact, yet not a single official FIA document or bulletin actually reflected the governing body's intention to impose standardised (or, to use a term better suited to Formula One's sophisticated image, specification) engines upon motorsport's premier category.
That the Paris-based body, whose communication department released details of decisions taken at a World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 7, was thinking along those lines was leaked to a favoured news outlet the next day, then picked up and immediately telegraphed around the world.
Sources indicate that 'spec-eng' regulations were, indeed, one of the alternatives discussed during the WMSC meet, but that the FIA should resort to one-size-fits-all power units only if the governing body and the executive of the Formula One Teams' Association fail to reach agreement on cost-cutting regulations for the future.
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Those with five or more paddock years on their curriculum vitaes thought immediately of 2002, when FIA President Max Mosley hinted that in future drivers could be rotated or that weight penalties, masquerading as 'success ballast', could be introduced. At the time the popular press reacted as expected - as it did at Fuji - and, as expected back then, nothing came of what turned out to be just another of Mosley's negotiating ploys.