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Fuel limit raised in 2019: pilots are allowed to blow 5 kilos more

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D he April 17th was a milestone in future planning of Formula 1 announced. But the most important points were not on the agenda at the F1 strategy group meeting on Tuesday. There was no official talk about budget caps and the distribution of money. The Formula 1 management wants to discuss this separately with the teams.

After all, there was an unexpected small result on the subject of engines: All manufacturers have now agreed that the MGU-H will no longer be part of the drive train . Apparently Mercedes and Ferrari have given up their resistance. The F1 bosses argued that the complicated and expensive hybrid element represented too great a barrier to entry for new engine builders.

It is also clear that the engine will otherwise continue to be based on the current formula. In other words: 1.6 liters, 6 cylinders, turbo, MGU-K. By the end of May, the F1 bosses now want to discuss with all engine manufacturers who are eligible for 2021 what the remaining details will look like so that everyone can start development in good time.

Fuel limit will only be increased slightly

The pilots don't have to save so much fuel in 2019.

As announced a few days ago, the issue of fuel limit was also addressed. In contrast to the original proposal to completely abolish the maximum amount of 105 kilograms for 2019, it was only increased to 110 kilograms at the last second. That should be enough to prevent excessive “lift & coast” and tactical driving with a view to fuel consumption. The fans can therefore be happy that the pilots are again giving full throttle more frequently.

The measure had become necessary because the problem with fuel consumption arosehad tightened drastically that year. The cars have around 5 percent more downforce than in 2017. That also means more aerodynamic drag. The engine manufacturers wanted to at least maintain the horsepower of their drive sources, although they now have to keep 7,000 instead of 5,000 kilometers. Both increase fuel consumption.

Nico Hülkenberg said that he had to take his foot off the accelerator in Melbourne despite the safety car phase. Sebastian Vettel operated “Lift & Coast” in his Bahrain victory from the third round. A Mercedes engineer revealed: “The limit is set too low. To fully complete the whole race, you would have to lift it by 4 kilograms. ”We hope that 5 kilograms will be enough for next year.

No solutions for overtaking problem

There they are Limitation of the flow rate of 100 kilograms per hour also ensures that gasoline consumption does not increase dramatically. Efficient engines continue to be rewarded. If you use less fuel, you drag less weight right from the start. And that is an advantage that is also reflected in the lap time.

The 80 kilogram fixed weight for the driver and seat was also approved so that heavier drivers are no longer disadvantaged. To this end, the teams agreed that in future all drivers will have to drive with biometric gloves so that the doctors can check all vital signs remotely in the event of an accident and difficult recovery.

They were able to solve the overtaking problem Teams, however, do not agree on any concrete measures. This means that it is almost certain that the fans will have to live with a lack of action on many tracks until the introduction of the new generation of cars in 2021.


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