The 2009 engine rules will be tweaked so that teams cannot use different powerplants in qualifying and the race, it has emerged.

The 2009 engine rules will be tweaked so that teams cannot use different powerplants in qualifying and the race, it has emerged.

The current wording of the new regulations allows teams to utilise its eight engines for the entire season in any configuration or order.

But the website of the British magazine Autosport said the rules will be adapted so that engine changes after the start of Saturday morning practice can only be made if the existing 2.4 litre V8 unit is damaged or develops a problem.

It is said that some teams, including Renault, requested the change because it might have become commonplace for engines to be changed prior to qualifying, requiring more staff at grands prix.

The clarification will be ratified during this week's meeting of the Sporting Working Group in Nice.

 

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