‘Improve fuel sensors or scrap them’ – Horner

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Christian Horner, Red Bull, Interlagos, 2013In the round-up: Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says F1 needs to find a better alternative to the fuel flow sensors or get rid of them.

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Horner wants rid of fuel sensors after more issues (Reuters)

“We need a better way of measuring and monitoring the fuel flow, or say you get rid of it and you have 100kg for the race and that’s it. Personally, I think it would be easier to get rid of it.”

Red Bull disqualification could happen again (The Telegraph)

“The stewards, meanwhile, said it would be “very dangerous” to abandon the ruling, and could cause accidents on the straights, as the escalation of claim and counter-claim continued.”

Horner: Better system needed (Sky)

“It’s very difficult for the FIA to police. On an aeroplane you would have three sensors. If one becomes erroneous you’ll take the average of the other two. There are ways that we need to ensure this is measured accurately.”

Whiting adamant no loophole in fuel flow rules (Adam Cooper’s F1 Blog)

“Article 5.10 makes it quite clear in my view that the only way that the fuel flow will be measured is with the homologated sensor. As you probably know Gill is the only sensor that is homologated by the FIA. So for me it’s perfectly clear.”

F1’s future is in danger, warns Force India’s deputy team principal (The Guardian)

“[CVC are] asset-strippers, they’re not builders. They’re not bad guys but they just don’t fit Formula One. They have devalued Formula One by allowing it to become a fragmented sport with so many bilateral agreements with individual teams.”

Revealed: Lehman Brothers Makes 550% Return From Formula One (Forbes)

“Although the return from F1 is turbo-charged it won’t even scratch the surface of the amount owed by Lehman which comes to a total of around $450bn.”

Daniil Kvyat Q&A: I’ve set myself a high benchmark (F1)

“The only downer was that when the safety car came out we missed going into the pits by something like five seconds – Jenson Button behind me managed to pit and when coming out he gained some positions. I wouldn’t say that we could have finished ahead of him, but probably ahead of Kimi (Raikkonen).”

Massa fears Williams could slip back (Autosport)

“We have the same car more or less compared to Australia. This is a different track, so we need to see how the car behaves here, but we’re working 100 per cent in the factory to improve.”

Promising start (Toro Rosso)

“Tomorrow, everything is shifted a couple of hours, so that FP3 gets underway at 13h00 with the second qualifying session of the season beginning at 16:00 local time. Today, at 16:30 we witnessed a spectacular storm that caused a Porsche race to be red-flagged and as the daily weather pattern often repeats itself in this tropical part of the world…”

The pill that takes drivers’ temperature (BBC)

“The former Red Bull racer says the pill is a welcome change from the alternative method of taking a person’s core temperature – by using a rectal thermometer.”

F1 rules make life tough for drivers (Lewis Hamilton)

“There are all sorts of ways to affect that: how late or early you change gears, what gear you take a corner in – and in particular, when you’re braking and using a technique called ‘lift and coast’. I’m sure hardly anyone knows what that means.”

Sam Brabham Unveils Brabham F1 Inspired Formula Ford Livery At Brands Hatch (Brabham)

“The 19 year-old’s 2014 title charger, backed by Forresters and Auto Windscreens, features completely new livery influenced by the Brabham BT59, the car in which Sam’s father David made his F1 debut.”

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I imagine the promoters will say almost anything if there’s even a slim chance they have to pay less fees. But this debate on the sound has gone far enough.

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F1 should be all about racing with cutting edge technology. The sound is irrelevant and the issue should be laid to rest because it is a boring non-issue which distracts from problems which actually effect the sport.
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On this day in F1

A remarkable Australian Grand Prix on this day in 2009 produced a one-two finish for Brawn, the team formed after the abrupt withdrawal of Honda over the winter. Jenson Button led home Rubens Barrichello.

Behind them Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica took each other out in a late-race collision.

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50 comments on ‘Improve fuel sensors or scrap them’ – Horner

  1. George (@george) said on 29th March 2014, 14:14

    in particular, when you’re braking and using a technique called ‘lift and coast’. I’m sure hardly anyone knows what that means.”

    I do this every day in my road car Lewis, thanks to UK fuel prices.

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