The FIA has moved significantly in the direction of the "standard engine" unit over the last week and have now even opened a three-year tender for the units.
In my recent article we looked at the proposal made by Max Mosley and the FIA, now it seems that single unit engines could become a part of the sport as soon as 2010 in order to battle the sports spiraling costs.
Mosley is due to meet the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) sometime next week to discuss proposals for cost cuts, however, we believe that if no effective proposal is found the single unit, standard engines, could be in the cars within a couple of years. It was also thought that proposals for future rules would follow this meeting.
In a statement released by the FIA they say, "The FIA will today open the tender process for the appointment of a third party supplier of engines and transmission systems to be used by competitors in the 2010, 2011, and 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship"
Mosley has always been suggesting that his preference would be for the teams to use identical engine units and gearboxes, but manufactuers will have the option to put their own individual branding logo on the units even though they would be the same as those used by all their rivals.