FIA in bid to enforce new fuel flow rule for 2014

Formula One World Championship

Formula 1’s governing body – the FIA – is in a race against time to ensure Formula 1  teams adhere to the spate of revolutionary new rules that come into effect next year.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that sensors designed to ensure teams are sticking by the new maximum fuel flow rate next year have proved not accurate enough in initial testing.

Next year, with the arrival of the new turbo V6 regulations, fuel will only be allowed to flow into the engine at a prescribed speed.

Correspondent Tobias Gruner said a British company called Gill Hyspeed was awarded the contract by the FIA to supply the fuel flow rate sensors, which were tested at the young drivers test earlier this year.

“The result was worrying,” Gruner revealed. “Instead of the maximum permitted deviation of 0.5 per cent for the specified flow rate, the error (margin) was actually up to 1.5 per cent.”

Hyspeed contacted GMM on Tuesday to explain that while it was involved in developing the Formula 1 fuel flow sensor, its “work with Gill on this project ended in March 2013″.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that work to fix the sensor problem is underway, but if the solution is ultimately deemed not good enough, the FIA would have to rely on information provided only by Formula 1’s engine suppliers.

And accusations of cheating would surely follow.

The fix is expected shortly, and could be tested either at the Pirelli tyre test at Vallelunga, or in a forthcoming Friday practice session, because as Gruner explains, “bench testing alone is not enough”.

The sensors will then be supplied to the manufacturers a few weeks before the opening winter test. (GMM)

  • Saša

    I smell cheating in annunciation.
    FIA smarter than F1 teams, I would love to see this.

  • BoycotttheBoycott

    This is one of the worst moves for F1…

    keep the green out of racing!!! Especially when it’s f1 which uses some of the most expensive and caustic and enviromentally dangerous ingredients in it’s cars… not too mention these disposable tyres!

  • Red horizon

    Well the only thing I really hope is that F1 doesn’t became a fuel-saving formula in 2014. I think there’s no need of a F1 in which drivers should bother to conserve gasoline as well as the tires. I follow F1 for thirty years or so and I would not revise certain scenes of the 80s when the cars stopped at the races because running out of fuel. This would really be all nonsense.

  • michaelmacarthurinMaine_USA

    I think that after next year I will be giving up on F1. Hell, I quit smoking, i’ll quit F1 as well. what a joke. considering the hundreds of millions of dollars that the sport costs, does it really matter if a little fuel is saved? It’s almost a 100% spec series at this point.
    Reminds me of the millionaire that touts his going green to help the environment but is still living in a 20,000 square foot home.