Fears Honda may have unfair advantage in 2015

Monday 23rd December 2013, 13:53 by Ryan Wood 

Honda

Rival engine manufacturers are concerned that Honda may get an unfair advantage by entering the sport a year after the new regulations are introduced.

The Japanese company will debut its V6 power unit in the back of a McLaren in 2015, whilst Ferrari, Renault and Mercedes will debut their units in just over a month.

Whilst Honda believes it may be at a disadvantage, its rivals, who must freeze development after February 28th of this year - unless it's to improve reliability - believe the company will learn from 2014 and be able to react because it's exempt from the freeze.

"We talked at length [about the issue] with the other manufacturers, but we have not found a solution," said Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali.

"We could not enforce Honda to freeze its engine as it is not yet registered in the world of F1 and, above all, an attitude of "closure" would alienate any other manufacturers who might be interested.

"We realise that the Japanese [company] will be able to enjoy a great advantage, being able to adapt its engine as a function of the problems that will be recorded during of the season, but we have not been able to do anything."

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