A basic blueprint of the new engine rules were released in October last year so as to give the teams a rough vision of how the future would look like.
A complete picture wasn’t provided to the engine suppliers earlier as they would have channelised a lot of their resources into engine development and research.
A complete guide about the engine rules will be given to all present and prospective engine manufacturers by the end of this week.
“It’s very complicated,” said Charlie Whiting
“There’s meeting after meeting after meeting going on these things, and the reports I get on this appear to be very detailed, so they are going into fine detail.
“So I’m fairly confident that it’s getting to the end of that process, and at the end of that process, we’ll have a far more detailed idea of what the power units will be in 2021.” he added.
The next strategy meeting is on July 4, but Whiting has denied that the FIA are using the strategy meeting date as a deadline to get all the details in place so as to get some immediate feedback.
“Not necessarily. It was just a date that we felt that was necessary to get it done by,” he said.
“It might get talked about, but it’s not connected with the Strategy Group.
“The manufacturers are involved in it, that’s why it’s taking quite a long time because they are to-ing and fro-ing on everything.” he added.
Toto Wolff has raised some very pertinent questions about working on two different engines by the end of 2020.
He wants to discuss about his parallel engine development and how it would work.
“The engine, it needs a lot of lead time, therefore the earlier the better it is,” he said.
“The solution that we need to find is how can we avoid parallel costs of developing two power units.
“Obviously our fight with our friends from Honda, Renault and Ferrari will continue until the very last race of 2020.
“And at the same time, the moment the rules are ratified, everybody needs to work on the other power unit.
“So this is I think one of the key points we need to discuss from July 4.” he concluded.