F1 cars will be “two to three seconds slower” in 2014

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Sergio Perez, McLaren, Silverstone, 2013FIA race director Charlie Whiting expects F1 cars to lap more slowly next year despite having slightly more power.

“I think lap times will probably be two to three seconds slower than they are currently,” Whiting told the JA on F1 podcast.

Formula One engines will be downsized from the current V8 units next year: “We’ve got the new power train coming: a 1.6-litre V6 with all sorts of energy saving and energy converting devices which will, I think, bring the power to a little over what we have right now.”

“But it’s very, very complex and the torque management will be very complicated.”

“I think the efficiency is the key thing,” he added. “Just to be absolutely clear, though, you won’t see cars running out of fuel because there’s no limit on the amount of fuel a team can put in the car. There’s a limit to how much they can use during the race.”

“There are significant changes to the wing designs in order to reduce the drag,” said Whiting. “The drag is the thing that had to be reduced to make the fuel consumption work and as you know the cornerstone for this new power unit is only using 100 kilos of fuel for the race.”

“And there’s also a fuel flow limit which will be verified and check by the FIA fuel flow meter which all cars will fit inside their fuel tanks.”

Whiting also pointed out that the new penalty points system being introduced next year could mean drivers facing race bans in one season due to infractions committed the previous year:

“Drivers will be awarded points, or penalised, depending on the severity of the incident. The table we have at the moment drivers are given one, two or three points depending on the severity of the incident concerned. If they accumulate 12 points in a 12-month period they will lose their licence for one race. And this will be a 12-month period so if you get three points in June, say, they will last until the following June, then they’ll come off your licence.”

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149 comments on F1 cars will be “two to three seconds slower” in 2014

  1. racerdude7730 (@racerdude7730) said on 3rd July 2013, 13:20

    Wow how times have changed. This is the 2004 regs change and back then they were unhappy about only being able to use one engine per weekend http://www.formula1.com/news/features/2004/3/1257.html

    • MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 3rd July 2013, 13:40

      That’s a great read. They were worried that people wouldn’t bother going out in the first practice session as it might compromise engine life! How times change.

      I wonder what we’ll think looking back at these news stories in another ten years. “hey, remember when they used to be able to run more than one engine a year!” “Remember when they ran on petrol!”

      Or indeed “remember when we didn’t live in a smouldering post-apocalyptic wasteland!” said to a slowly rotating rat on a spit inside the housing of a smashed CRT monitor. Beneath a green and foreboding sky…

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 3rd July 2013, 21:01

      @racerdude7730

      Nice read. Also a funny part in the last sentence from Sam Michael: “I am sure 2004 is going to be an exciting season for the fans to watch” – yes, especially the excitement over who could possibly become world champion that year – it was only decided at the last race. Hold on.

  2. Eggry (@eggry) said on 3rd July 2013, 13:43

    They will be faster than he said but it would take time. I think about 2016, we will reach same lap times due to improved engine and aerodynamics.

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 3rd July 2013, 13:44

    So will it be lesser number of laps of Longer race duration that the fans can expect ??? I am guessing it will be former as it has to fit into the TV broadcast time window already agreed upon !!! Having said that I would’nt mind a longer race.

  4. I Love the Pope said on 3rd July 2013, 14:18

    So the real life version of F-Zero is still not here, eh?

    I guess if they let Newey design that crazy batmobile Red Bull he came up with a while back, then we might be there.

  5. karter22 (@karter22) said on 3rd July 2013, 15:05

    As if team didn´t already have enough to wory about (tyres, pit strategies, etc) now they get an added complication… Fuel flow limit. This is starting to become ridiculous. What´s next?? Solar power units to switch on to save fuel and back to petrol when needed?? Seriously, this is getting to be annoying.

    • Dizzy said on 3rd July 2013, 15:26

      The 2014 engine regulations including the fuel flow restrictions were written with collaboration from teams (And engine suppliers).

  6. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 3rd July 2013, 15:08

    Do you guys not think these regulations have been well thought through!? I’ve read post after post of armchair scientist calculations of how the new engines won’t work and the cars will be running out of fuel – the racing will be boring etc.

    F1 needs this change. It makes it relevant again in an age of diminishing fossil fuels and cost effieciency. I’m sure the best engineers in the world are up to the task of this and that in setting the rules I’m pretty sure it was totally possible for this not to ruin things.

    I, for one, am looking forward to the new regs and the age of the fastest lapping track cars going almost or just as fast, much more efficiently. Change is nearly always good, it just takes some getting used to. Nothing stands the test of time unless it adapts and moves forwards.

    • Timothy Katz (@timothykatz) said on 3rd July 2013, 15:29

      Yes, I think we’re all (secretly) perhaps looking forwards to it. It’s just that it’s not instantly easy to understand the new regulations.
      I agree that not everyone can understand the offside rule in football (soccer), but at least FIFA don’t keep changing it. The players might understand it perfectly, it would just be nice if the fans could understand it as well.
      The FIA rule changes don’t seem to be desperately clear, what with the chat about fuel flow restrictions and 100 kg per race or per hour on the previous page, and Charlie’s remarks didn’t seem to help. Maybe *he* doesn’t quite understand them either.
      I hope very much that these new regulations mean that some of the cars will actually look distinctly different to the others. As it was in the ’80s, when the Lotus looked visibly distinct from the Brabham or Ferrari. At the moment, all the cars look like near clones of each other.

  7. celeste (@celeste) said on 3rd July 2013, 15:26

    I feel like crying

  8. stert said on 3rd July 2013, 15:55

    kers, drs, bubble gum tires, fuel saving, v6 engines, soon to be milk float mode when making a pit stop, penalty points I am starting to appreciate that line in the song american pie ” can’t remember if I cried the day the music died”

  9. Hatebreeder (@hatebreeder) said on 3rd July 2013, 16:30

    So many rules, so many regulations. It is almost as if F1 isn’t about speed anymore, it is about regulations. Hard core racing and driving on the limit of the car are things of the past now.
    Good thing I have an interest in MotoGP. At least that is one form of puring racing. No politics, and at the end, the winner can get off the bike and celebrate his victory with his fans.

  10. Bazz (@bazz) said on 3rd July 2013, 16:34

    I like how Keith used a picture of a “MClaren” when talking of slow cars. Sneaky :)

  11. Valhyre (@ausuma) said on 3rd July 2013, 16:50

    HA!, while Indycar is loosing up regulations a bit to get their cars faster for the 100 years of the Indy 500 thinking of breaking speed records on the track.
    F1 is doing everything it can to be slower.

    Nice Job F1, you might as well put speedbumps on the track or give speeding tickets if the drivers exceed 300 kms in a straight.

  12. graham228221 (@graham228221) said on 3rd July 2013, 16:58

    People are missing the point when they worry about cars running out fuel next year or driving in constant fuel save mode.

    If you tried to run a race on 100kg of fuel on the current generation engines, then yes you would have a problem. But those engines are designed to run at the maximum potential power/weight ratio, they are designed to get the maximum out of whatever fuel is put in the tank. Efficiency isn’t important, maximum power is. Flow rate can be altered depending on how much fuel is needed for the race ahead.

    The new engines are designed specifically for fuel efficiency and a limited fuel flow. They won’t have a problem running within the fuel limitations, because that’s what they are designed to do!

  13. Tomsk (@tomsk) said on 3rd July 2013, 18:02

    That McLaren in the picture’s ahead of its time – it’s two seconds slower already!

  14. chi-tom (@chi-tom) said on 3rd July 2013, 19:04

    MazdaChris (@mazdachris) said on 3rd July 2013, 12:30

    said: “I think the confusion comes in thinking that how can you achieve a maximum fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour when you are limited to using less than 100kg of fuel and the race lasts longer than an hour.

    The thing you’re forgetting is that the engine is only using its peak fuel rate while the driver has the throttle fully open. For a significant part of the lap, the engine won’t be at peak fuel rate. They don’t just run the entire race with the throttle fully open the whole time!”

    Actually you do try to run all the time with the throttle wide open, and the team selects the gear ratios that are available to accomplish that to the fullest extent possible.

  15. WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 3rd July 2013, 19:55

    So drivers in the WEC will be going faster in 2014 as well as not having to worry about tyre saving. Mark’s decision is looking better as every moment passes.

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