Fuel-saving could dominate races with new engines

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Renault energy F1, 2014 F1 engineIn the round-up: Ferrari director of engineering Pat Fry believes fuel will become the dominant factor in races with the new engines in 2014.


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A lot of work, both short and long term (Ferrari)

Fry: “It’s possible there could be considerable differences between the maximum pace possible and a pace aimed at saving energy and fuel, to the extent that there could be a difference of between one and one and a half seconds per lap in the race.”

Smaller teams fear being ‘priced out’ of F1 (The Telegraph)

“The new commercial pact signed between the teams and Ecclestone gives teams 63 per cent of the profits ?ǣ $751.8??million (??468??million) last year ?ǣ but it is estimated that 60 per cent of that money goes to the top five teams, with the next five sharing the other 40 per cent. Marussia, who finished 11th last year, only recently agreed a deal with Ecclestone and currently have no share of the revenues.”

Fernandes: Finishing 10th in the constructors? championship “not essential” (James Allen on F1)

“For years I was promised a sport that would cost less money. For me that?s a major failure of the sport. Nothing has got cheaper everything as got more expensive, so I’#m not sure what the benefits are to be honest.”

Kaltenborn confident of more (Sky)

“We are going [to Japan] with confidence but what we are able to do is very difficult to assess right now. Last year, we were in a very different situation where our competitiveness was concerned.”

David Ward restates commitment to fair FIA election (David Ward and Team 2013)

“David Ward has restated his commitment to good governance and open debate in a letter to FIA Club Presidents. David?s letter comes in response to criticism levelled at him by Carlos Barbosa, President of Autom???vel Club de Portugal.”

Emmo Blog: The story of Fuji 1976 (McLaren)

“At the time Niki [Lauda] drove in to the pits to retire, James [Hunt] was leading. It was the right decision, and I?ll always respect Niki for making it, especially as the pressure on him to continue, not least from Ferrari and the Ferrari-mad Italian press, must have been intense.”

The Evening Read: Aintree Racecourse’s glorious Grand Prix past remembered (Liverpool Echo)

“The days when Stirling Moss, Juan Fangio and Jack Brabham duelled around the three-mile circuit may have gone, but thanks to our photo archive those evocative memories are not lost forever.”

Japanese Grand Prix Betting: One good reason to bet against Vettel (Unibet)

My Japanese Grand Prix preview for Unibet.


Comment of the day

@GeeMac doesn’t agree with Martin Whitmarsh’s desire to see a level playing field between engine manufacturers next year:

It is called “motorsport” for a reason Martin. I for one will be glad if there is a noticeable difference between the engines next season, because variety, whether in strategies or car characteristics, leads to interesting races for the viewers.

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On this day in F1

Siegfried Stohr was born on this day in 1952. Unfortunately the most notable moment of the Italian driver’s brief F1 career came in the 1981 Belgian Grand Prix when he ploughed into the back of his team mate Riccardo Patrese’s car which had stalled at the start. Arrows mechanic Dave Luckett was sandwiched between the two and was fortunate to escape with his life.

Stohr stepped down for the team after failing to qualify in his home race at Monza later that year, though he had just posted a career-best finish of seventh in the previous race at Zandvoort.

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78 comments on Fuel-saving could dominate races with new engines

  1. Lewis McMurray (@celicadion23) said on 10th October 2013, 8:20

    There may not be any F1 Fanatic birthdays today but it might be worth pointing out that today is Murray Walker’s 90th Birthday! :)

  2. Jack (@jackisthestig) said on 10th October 2013, 8:38

    Trees, ditches, barbed wire fences and houses lining the track dictated ‘pace management’ back then!

  3. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 10th October 2013, 10:29

    Personally, I find the 100 kg fuel limit very odd. Races are very different in terms of fuel consumption, so on some tracks like Monza, this limit will not bite anyway (since the fuel flow restriction results in less consumption anyway) whereas for others, it will be a very binding constraint. Why not vary fuel limits somewhat?

  4. When will Bernie and co. realize that it doesn’t matter how much the rules change, as long as teams are allowed to spend whatever they want the sport will remain boring and few will surivive? Sure, 2014 will probably be a fun season as the teams learn how to adjust to the new rules, but once Red Bull, Ferrari and the big spenders get a grip on the regulations they will excel, and 2015 and 16 will be boring again, and they will learn quickly because they have the money and the talent. These are the main two problems afflicting Formula One, (I) No matter how slow and equal they try to make the cars, engineers will find a way, and (II) those who have spend will always have an advantage. The first problem isn’t really a problem and in my opinion should be celebrated, but the second must be fixed in order to save the sport, otherwise fewer teams will survive (even McLaren is struggling), drivers will never be hired for merit but rather by how much cash they bring and even if they do enter by merit it won’t matter because the one with the most expensive car will win. What FIA needs to do is to fix a limit on how much can be spent during a particular season and/or apply a heavy tax on the richer teams, the money collected being reverted to the smaller outfits. This is not a totally outrageous idea, by the way, the NFL, the most lucrative sports brand in the world, has a similar business model, in which teams share their revenue. The bigger teams will hate it (like Ferrari), but I can’t see any other way. They can change to rules and say that tha cars must be made out of wood, it doesn’t matter, because if you have 300 million dollars to spend on wood you will win.

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