Reports: Honda will be able to develop new F1 engine after all

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Despite the initial message from the FIA that it wouldn’t be able to develop certain components, Honda now looks set to do just that during the 2015 season.

The FIA had set a hardline clampdown against Honda initially, that it would need to have its new power unit homologated and not modified beyond the February deadline. The three other engine manufacturers would be allowed to develop a portion of tokens – no more than 48 percent – throughout the year.

But now, according to Reuters, the BBC and more, Honda had spoken out against what it thought was unjust treatment and now it will be allowed to do the same modifications.

Here is part of a message sent by FIA’s Charlie Whiting sent to teams, seen by Reuters and confirmed by the FIA as being sent:

“As each of the four 2015 manufacturers will have an homologated power unit at the start of the season, we believe it would be fair to ensure that each of them enjoys equal opportunities for upgrades during the season,” it said.

“We will therefore allow the new manufacturer to use the same number of tokens that the other three manufacturers have available to them, taken as an average of the three.”

Although they’re still entering as a new manufacturer, this will provide Honda the necessary measures to compete in the same arms race as Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault over the course of the season.

It’s a promising development – in that promising development will be allowed to occur across the board.