The FIA has announced that it is to bring in new restrictions that will lead to a total freeze on engine development in Formula 1 from next season.

The new restrictions, which will run for a period of ten years, were announced following a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Paris, with the announcement meaning there will no longer be the opportunity for teams to develop certain parts within the engine as allowed under the current rule.

While there will be scope to change the new regulation, no change can take place until at least 2012.

"There will be a total freeze on engine development for a period of ten years, starting from 2008," an FIA statement read. "A change can be made after five years but only with the unanimous agreement of all stakeholders and following a further two-year notice period.

"Total freeze means that there will be no exceptions for development of certain parts of the engine, as is the case under the current regulations."

In further engine news, Ferrari's request to supply two teams with engines in the 2008 and 2009 seasons has been accepted.

The Scuderia has supplied both Spyker and Toro Rosso with engines this season, with the team having already stated that it was looking to continue the agreement into the new campaign.

"At the start of the season, life was quite difficult on the customer front because we had a very short time to prepare and work out the installation of the engine in the chassis," head of track engineering Mattia Binotto said prior to the Brazilian Grand Prix. "But, with both these teams, we caught up and made some good steps forward. Now we are looking to move forward again with both teams next year."

 

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