Renault's Managing Director, Cyril Abiteboul, has revealed that Formula 1 intends to drop it's controversial engine token system for the 2017 season. The current rule set was introduced prior to the 2015 season after Ferrari and Renault highlighted a loophole in the regulations in an attempt to regain the ground lost to Mercedes at the start of the new V6 turbo era. However, the poor performance of Honda's new engine, alongside a very unreliable Renault package has drawn in much criticism after some drivers were forced to take grid penalties exceeding 100 grid slots. On the reason behind the intended change Abiteboul cited a 'need (for) the performance of the (engines) to converge', as well a desire to 'stop the public being confused between the penalty system'. As it stands the token system will remain for 2016, with teams having being given 32 tokens to use for the duration of the campaign.