November 5, 2014
F1 engines unfreeze... kind of.
There are reports Mercedes has accepted a plan to relax engine freeze regulations for 2015.
The "thaw" would be temporary and it will only change the timing of how the engine modification "tokens" are spent and would only be valid for the 2015 season.
If you are familiar with how the engine "freeze" works, it had forces teams to do all allowed modifications before the season starts. What this now proposal would allow is for teams to spend part their allotted mod tokens between the winter and June 2015. It's not a free for all but it would allow teams to see what real world issues might arise and react.
This proposal can only come to be if all teams are unanimous so, while Mercedes has accepted in principle, they can still scuttle the whole plan.
If you are not clear on how the engine freeze token system works, there is a primer HERE