Niki Lauda, Paddy Lowe, Mercedes, Jerez, 2014

Lowe hopes fuel saving won’t dominate races

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Niki Lauda, Paddy Lowe, Mercedes, Jerez, 2014Mercedes’ executive director for technical Paddy Lowe hopes F1 races won’t be dominated by the need to save fuel under the new regulations.

Drivers are limited to 100kg of fuel per race and a peak fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour this year.

“I think we might be overplaying that aspect,” said Lowe when asked about the importance of saving fuel under the new regulations. “Certainly it’s a factor in the races but I hope we won’t see it as a dominating factor.”

“There were occasions, we saw that last year, where it was stopping the driver, and Malaysia would be an example, from pushing to the limit every lap.”

Lewis Hamilton was repeatedly told to slow down to save fuel during the closing stages of last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

“That’s sometimes very frustrating,” Lowe admitted. “But actually that’s been the case in Formula One I think over most of many years of existence, that managing fuel and tyres has been a factor.”

“So of course it will be a factor in 2014 but I hope it won’t be so dominating that it [diminishes] the spectacle.”

Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey has warned that it will be necessary to save fuel during most races this year.

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