Mercedes' Toto Wolff says it will consider changing its position on engine development in an effort to offer a lifeline to Renault and Honda in the interests of the sport as a whole.

With Renault struggling to bring its much maligned power unit up to speed within the fairly restrictive development parameters set in the wake of introducing the V6 Hybrid regulations, and Honda also well behind after a tough start to its latest F1 endeavour, Mercedes admits the limitations could be up for review.

With this in mind, Mercedes admits that in order to do the best thing for the sport, it may be willing to agree to concessions that would offer Renault and Honda a chance to develop more rapidly

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"With somebody like Honda, through all this struggle, we need to understand and find ways of enabling them to catch up without changing the DNA of Formula 1," Wolff said. "But this is why we have always been reluctant about in-season development because it comes at a huge cost.

"Ferrari found that loophole, and it was clever how they did it. Now they say they have maybe opened a can of worms because it is expensive.

"So in the last [Strategy Group] meeting we said although that loophole has been closed and it's not going to happen next year - that's how we see it - if Renault and Honda think they need that, then let's discuss it, whether we reintroduce it.

"Commercially it is not the most intelligent we can do, but if it is what the others need, or what they believe they need in order to catch up, then we will certainly consider that."

However, Wolff says they should only be allowed to develop in line with the competition, ruling out the prospect of freezing its own development so rivals can make up ground.

"Normally if you run a team, or you are an engine supplier, you need to go out there full blast and try to crush everybody. Then we need to have sympathy for the ones who are struggling with the new regulations.

"It has never happened before that one was asked to stop development, or to be frozen, to allow the others to catch up. That is not the DNA of F1. This is a competition and we are all fighting out there to be the best. It's tiny little decisions and mistakes that might have a big effect in the future."


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Lets have V8 and V10, engines, let the teams decide what they want, get rid of hybrid tech, leave that to the car manufacturers, it's just reunited racing what we have now.