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Two different stories of F1 drivers are on the line after the Ferrari and Mercedes F1 teams today announced plans to contest the 2019 season with two-year-old cars in a new era.
Mercedes has been making the news recently by saying it will run the same FW37 engine for both the F1 and Formula E championships from 2019.
In contrast, Formula 1 has now given a green light to two two-year-old Ferrari cars, which have been run in a development programme since 2014.
It is understood the two cars were granted permission by the World Motor Sport Council, which oversees F1, with approval from Formula One’s governing body, the FIA, for the purpose of having their cars run in the second year of their design.
They have permission to run under the name the BRSCC, which means the cars will carry the full title ‘Brasil’ and will be officially registered in the name of the Brazilian authorities.
All teams, which are expected to bring in the two cars for the season, will have to pass new regulations which are yet to be decided by the FIA and will require detailed planning for how to construct the cars, with details yet to be worked out, but there are already questions in the paddock.
The regulations will be worked out and the two cars will have to be ready for them.
There will still be a minimum of six weeks to put the cars and the teams together for the season but the car will leave the factory on June 15 next year.
Alonso has indicated he will be driving for McLaren next year if the rules allow it, following discussions he had with Ron Dennis over the past few days concerning his future at Renault.