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Brawn downplays fuel saving fears

Ross Brawn says he doesn't feel teams will be forced into fuel-saving mode during the 2014 F1 season
Mercedes boss Ross Brawn has moved to downplay fears that F1 races next season will be overshadowed by drivers being forced to try and save fuel.

New engine rules come into force next year alongside a reduction in fuel tank size, meaning cars will have to carry lower levels of fuel than they have during recent seasons.

While the new 1.6 litre engines are set to be more efficient, concerns have been raised as to whether drivers would be forced to save fuel in races but Brawn said he felt teams would soon come to terms with the changes made.

"From what we've done modelling and simulation I think there will be a difference between qualifying and the race," he was quoted by ESPN. "Because in qualifying you'll be controlled by the fuel flow rate and in the race you'll be controlled by the overall fuel amount.

"But I think the way that the systems are a lot more sophisticated now than they were 15 or 20 years ago when we had this situation, and therefore the drivers will be driving strongly and using all the performance.

"I don't think it will be the situation we had 20 years ago where you push for a while and then just cruise for the rest of the race; it won't be that type of racing. That's not our expectation, but there will be different demands between qualifying and the race, for sure."



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107SS2009

October 20, 2013 12:34 PM

Richard, the 1.5l 4 cylinder turbocharged BMW of the past using a cast iron production block was producing 1500 HP with the technology and knowhow of that time, Berger once described that car a ROCKET but still he managed to control it during a race. Once upon a time Formula one used to be all about the maximum HP output one can extract from the mandated cubic capacity in effect at the time.

107SS2009

October 20, 2013 12:06 PM

The formula one technicalities are extremely complicated and the rules keeps pushing them to be extremely more complicated. But reading carefully (sometimes in between the lines) and using common sense will give real or some hints. Such as the fuel restriction rules for 2014 new power plants, FUEL FLOW = must be a maximum of 100kg per hour. FUEL LOAD = each car will be allocated a maximum of 100kg of fuel for the race. Now start reasoning out the effects of these two rules on the possibilities of full throttle use in the race, fuel flow at 100kg/h and fuel load at 100kg/for the whole race, a race is normally 90 minutes long and a maximum of 120 minutes.



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