Adrian Sutil, Force India, Hungaroring, 2013

Some drivers will run out of fuel in 2014 – Sutil

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Adrian Sutil, Force India, Hungaroring, 2013In the round-up: Adrian Sutil warns F1’s new engine formula could lead to drivers running out of fuel in the closing stages of races next year.


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Adrian Sutil (Motorsport Monday)

“I expect [to see] some cars at the beginning rolling out with one lap to go without fuel on board, so it opens up some opportunities.”

Mercedes warned against all-out title bid (Autosport)

Toto Wolff: “We cannot be confident, it would be the wrong approach to say we have found the golden key now.”

Tyres will make or break Force India’s season – Mallya (ESPN)

“The change in tyres after Silverstone has certainly made a difference, but we need to come up the curve and get to know the tyres better, but otherwise it is a good car, the drivers are happy and there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be continuing with our form.”

The Finishing Line – with Toro Rosso?s Daniel Ricciardo (F1)

“The last time I lost my temper was…
DR: After the race at the Nurburgring (this year). I started very high up on the grid, and then – nothing. I was very frustrated.”

The long shadow of the 1960s (MotorSport)

“One of the things that made all these drivers so deeply memorable is that they raced regularly in different types of cars. They weren?t pampered, highly-paid superstars restricted by contract and culture to a single category or team. They raced every weekend in different cars because they loved the sport and also needed to earn a living. This very diversity gave these drivers a grand patina, sadly lacking in today?s specialised age, which has cast a very long, agreeable shadow sure to last for many years to come.”

F1 goes back to the future with turbo-charged ‘teapot’ (CNN)

“While a standard engine is powered by a belt connected to the crankshaft, a turbo engine runs on its own exhaust steam, making it more energy efficient.”

How Much Can CNN Get Wrong About F1 Engines, Physics In One Article? (Jalopnik)

“Of course, turbo engines are much more efficient, since they ‘run on their own exhaust steam.’ That would make them basically like, I don’t know, perpetual motion locomotives? That is very efficient.”



Renault Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8, 2013

Renault have released their latest Red Bull-inspired creation. The Renault Megane Renaultsport Red Bull Racing RB8 is a souped-up version of the standard Megane with added Red Bull stickers.

Just 30 of the ??28,245 machines will be sold in the UK. Curiously it runs on Bridgestone tyres.

Comment of the day

Nick has no time for the view that the new engine formula will damage Formula One:

You think a smaller engine formula is going to kill F1? Irrelevance is what could kill F1 in a few years.

Just do a look around of current auto manufactures building V12 engines. Take a look at what kind of cars they?re driving in the WRC, WTCC or national cups.

I’d much prefer to see the current drivers in 1979 cars, but it’s not going to happen, much like I’ll never see a 400 bhp Ferrari in Group B rally.
Nick (@Npf1)

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On this day in F1

Ronnie Peterson scored his final Formula One win 35 years ago today at the Osterreichring. He lost his life just a few weeks later following a crash at Monza.

His Austrian Grand Prix victory came in a race run in two parts due to an early accident and worsening rain. Patrick Depailler claimed second place ahead of Gilles Villeneuve’s Ferrari.

Here’s the start of the race including Peterson’s team mate Mario Andretti crashing out:

Image ?? Force India

132 comments on “Some drivers will run out of fuel in 2014 – Sutil”

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  1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    13th August 2013, 12:52

    The best cure for a hangover is…
    DR: Keep drinking…

    Hell yeah it is!

  2. Interestingly, I think that’s the third F1 championship winning team to be commemorated on a Renault road car. The others being Williams and the factory Renault F1 team. Any others?

  3. They should call it Formula Mileage…

    1. For sale 2014 F1 car, Renault engine, 35MPG, good

    2. I wish Jeremy Clarkson was running F1! He’d have non of this!! :)

  4. Think its easy to forget that teams been marginal on fuel & having to get drivers to slow down to save fuel & even instances of drivers running out of fuel during the race isn’t new.

    Its happened throughout F1’s history & I can think of a couple races where we did see at least 1 driver running out of fuel, Back when that did used to happen every now & again fans never used to complain about it because it was just considered part of the sport.

    I recall Imola 1985 where 3-4 cars ran out of fuel late in the race which led to the lead changing a couple times, Prost eventually won but also ran out of fuel just after the line. Back then it was considered an exciting end to the race.
    Senna ran out of fuel at Silverstone in both 1991 & 1993 as McLaren were pushing the limits trying to compete with the Williams, Again fans didn’t complain.

    Point been that I think we have all become used to a specific type of racing, Especially through the refueling-era where running out of fuel was not an issue & where there was suddenly a lot of pit stops.
    There was resistance to refueling been banned & a reduction in pit stops in 2010 because many young fans had simply grew up with refueling/pit stops, Many of the older fans who remember F1 Pre-94 welcomed the return to pit strategy taking the back seat in favor of the on-track racing.

    The tyre management & potential fuel saving where drivers are not at 100% all race are new to young fans, There used to something very different & so often whine about it. The older fans appreciate F1 going back to how it used to be, Drivers having to manage tyres & drive sensibly to manage the car where there now having to think rather than just throw the cars around on the limit.

    Same with the engines, Fans have got used to loud V10/V8’s so are resistant to the change to potentially quieter V6 Turbos.
    However I welcome the return of engines with a lot of low end torque which will make drivers have to think about stepping on the gas too hard because thats what we used to have.
    The engines never used to be current levels of loud up until the late 90s, Even early V10’s were quieter & nobody complained about them not sounding right.

    To end, All the doom & gloom about next year is unwarranted. F1 will still be F1, The engines will sound like race engines, the racing will be of F1 quality & the drivers will be challenged so that the best still rise to the top.
    I welcome & am looking forward to F1 2014, It can’t come soon enough!

    1. as McLaren were pushing the limits trying to compete with the Williams

      – exactly. Teams are trying to run as little fuel as they can, and taking a gamble at a little bit more if they see a reasonable chance at either a SC, rain or just gamble on pulling off a bit of fuel saving later in the race to try and get that tenth over the others. Its all part of the competition.

    2. I welcome & am looking forward to F1 2014, It can’t come soon enough!

      Same here! Though for me it’s more the case of wanting 2013 to be over…

  5. Dear Toto Wolff, Mercedes better work hard this time than ever, dig up and find the damn golden key ASAP… F1 fans demand a thrilling second part of season! Light up the 2013 championship.
    Come on!

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