No sooner had Fernando Alonso taken the chequered flag in yesterday's Chinese Grand Prix, adding the constructors' title for Renault to his championship title, than the teams began to gear up for next season, which will see some major technical adjustments and some personnel changes. The Shanghai race was the last race to use the F1 chassis with the distinctive roar of their V10 engines. All 10 teams in Formula One have agreed to scale down their engines to the less-powerful 2.4 litre V8 units, which they hope will make the sport safer. Motorsports ruling body, the Federation Internationale de L'automobile (FIA), introduced the new engine-size rule to slow grand prix races down as they believed the speeds were too high and too dangerous and lives were at risk. Timesheets are expected to tumble by anything between 2.5 and five seconds. The slow speeds will make it easier for the drivers to control the car but some say the new rules will be an extra financial burden on the smaller teams. To reduce the transitional costs for the weaker teams, the FIA has allowed the option to run detuned V10s for the 2006 season. But recent test runs of the detuned V10 engines pointed to an unfair advantage over the V8 engines. It's going to take time to adjust and teething troubles are inevitable when the season begins, probably in Bahrain in March. 'You will definitely see more blow-ups in the first six months next season,' said Williams' driver Mark Webber. 'Because the teams have long concentrated on V10 engines, moving over to V8 will be a whole new ball game. It will take time to get used to,' said the Australian. His team boss Frank Williams has described the switch to the 2.5-litre as the most fundamental change to the technical side of the sport in 16 years. Renault engine expert Denis Chevrier said the change to V8 was an 'emotional moment' and the end of an era. 'The noise of the V8 is very different, and it means our daily routine of fire-ups, hearing the engine in the garage, will change quite significantly,' he said. Renault was a pioneer of the V10, fighting against V8 and V12 competitors. 'At Renault, we have been listening to V10 engines for 17 seasons now, and it will be a very different experience next year,' said Chevrier. 'To have introduced this engine configuration to the sport, and to win its final championship, those are nice bookends on an era in F1 history,' he said. 'That is the way the sport goes but I bet it will be forgotten when we visit places like Malaysia and Bahrain next year,' Webber said. 'We plan to bring the new car out during January, so it will be earlier than previous cars. The engine probably has the longest lead time of all the parts we need for next year and that's getting updates and revisions as we go along,' said technical director Ross Brawn. And there will be some name changes in the pits too. BAR will become 100 per cent Honda-owned in 2006, while the Minardi, Jordan and Sauber names will also disappear after takeovers.