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Standard parts would allay F1 engine cheating fears - Renault

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Standard parts would allay F1 engine cheating fears - Renault
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Aug 18, 2018, 8:34 AM

Renault Formula 1 boss Cyril Abiteboul believes that some elements of standardisation on power units could help the FIA to police the regulations.

Abiteboul believes that it’s possible for manufacturers to find ways to get around the current rules.

This season has been notable for ongoing speculation about Ferrari’s hybrid system, which was passed legal by the FIA yet continues to attract the attention of rivals.

“I don’t want to create a debate here, but I think we need to think how we can help the FIA, regarding the enforceability of the regulations,” Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.

“I really believe that the complexity of the engine is such that I would not want to have myself to police it.

“So, I think we need to figure that out.

"I really believe that some elements of standardisation are not just useful but absolutely necessary if we want to retain some confidence between all the participants.”

Abiteboul says Renault has already pitched in with ideas which could help with the policing of engine legality.

“I think that, frankly, if we wanted to cheat on the current engine, we would know how to do it, and that’s an issue.

"We are a very large corporation and we would never do such a thing like that, we can’t afford the reputational risk.

“I’m not saying that anyone is cheating, but I think it’d be good to get rid of all the speculation, by doing some local and targeted standardisation, and we’ve put forward some proposals in relation to that.”

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