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Mattiacci wants engine freeze rules relaxed

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Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci says he wants manufacturers to be given the chance to make changes to their engine during a season.

Engines were homologated before the start of the season, with regulations only allowing approved changes to be made for reasons of reliability, safety or cost-saving. After tweaks are made this winter the same rule kicks in at the start of 2015, something Mattiacci wants to see changed.

"Yes, in a certain way - not as rigid as it is today. I would like a certain amount of opportunities a year to work on the engine," Mattiacci said when asked if he wanted the freeze to be lifted.

Mattiacci and his fellow team principals met during the Belgian Grand Prix and he admits this is an issue he raised.

"As you very well know we keep discussing about how to improve - if it's needed - every area of the Formula One product. [In Belgium] we had a fantastic race. But I suppose there are certain areas, the DNA of Formula One is innovating, innovating and catching up with the best one and being as fast as the smartest one. That's what I will keep, as Ferrari, insisting, and one of the areas is engine freezing."

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