F1 drivers may be allocated an extra engine for next season, if the calendar really does swell to an unprecedented 22 races.
In 2013, the long-life engine rules dictate that drivers can use no more than eight V8 engines for the entire season.
But from next year, under the radical new turbo V6 rules, drivers will be penalised if they use more than just five 1.6 litre 'power units'.
It is expected that, when he presents the calendar to the World Motor Sport Council in Croatia on Friday, Bernie Ecclestone will have trimmed the schedule to 20 or 21 races.
But race director Charlie Whiting told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "If there are 22, we can talk about a sixth engine per...
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