FIA president Jean Todt and Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone have claimed a big political victory after the FIA World Motor Sport Council approved a mandate for the duo to make changes in the sport.
Ecclestone and Todt have been battling against the major manufacturers in F1 over the past few months to try and reduce costs and make changes to improve the sport.
A recent move from the governing body and commercial rights holder to introduce an alternative engine solution to the sport – understood to be a 2.2-liter V6 engine to that used in IndyCar – was rejected by the F1 Commission.
However, following the latest WMSC meeting, a statement was issued on Wednesday confirming that Todt and Ecclestone now have a mandate to make changes and calls regarding a number of pressing matters.
“The World Motor Sport Council approved, by a near unanimous number (just one vote against), a mandate for the FIA President, Jean Todt and the Representative of the Commercial Rights Holder, Bernie Ecclestone to make recommendations and decisions regarding a number of pressing issues in Formula One such as governance, Power Units and cost reduction,” the statement reads.
“Mr. Todt and Mr. Ecclestone expressed their intention to establish conclusions on these matters by 31 January, 2016.”
The WMSC also made a number of other announcements regarding the future of F1, including the publication of the final calendar for the 2016 season that now lists the United States Grand Prix as being ‘subject to agreement’.
Other changes included the approval of a third dry tire compound for races in 2016 and the introduction of the Virtual Safety Car to practice sessions, while DRS usage after VSC periods has now become immediate.
Finally, Ferrari has been given permission to supply power units to a fourth team for 2016, all but confirming that it will once again become Toro Rosso’s engine partner for the new season.