Engine loophole is a big chance for F1

Engine loophole is a big chance for F1

The chance to keep developing engines through the season not only gives Mercedes' rivals a lifeline, but could help improve perceptions of the F1 hybrids, reckons JONATHAN NOBLE

After months of arguing, political manoeuvring and a bit of media spin-doctoring, in the end Mercedes' rivals got exactly what they wanted with the recent green light from the FIA for in-season engine development in 2015.

The governing body accepted there was too much ambiguity in the engine rules to force manufacturers to homologate new engines at the first race.

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