Fuel efficiency key in 2014, says Whiting
27 June 2013 – Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has stated his belief that fuel efficiency will be fundamental to success when the new era of engine regulations are introduced next year, with the current V8 powerplants being replaced by turbocharged V6 units.
From the 2014 season, drivers will be limited to 100kg of fuel consumption during races – around 50kg less than the figure currently used. And, as the sport prepares to make the transition, Whiting emphasised the significance of the rule changes.
"We have new powertrain coming in 2014, with all sorts of energy recovery devices, which I think will bring the power up to a little over what we have at the moment," Whiting explained on the opening day of the FIA Sport Conference Week at Goodwood House. "The cornerstone of this new power unit is that cars will only be able to use 100kg of fuel for a race. There is also a fuel flow limit that will be checked and verified by the FIA fuel flow meter which will be fitted in all cars’ fuel tanks.
"Currently the fuel used is about 140 or 150kg and that will come down to the 100kg mark. That is a significant difference. Efficiency is the key thing. There’s no limit to the amount of fuel a team can put in a car but there is a limit to how much they can use in a race. It is a significant change to the efficiency of the car."
Whiting also moved to appease any lingering fears over safety, highlighting the technological advancements made since the most recent turbo era in the 1980s.
"You will not see any more fires than we see now," he added. "Things are much safer than they ever were in the past. The technology has come on in leaps and bounds and it is the most efficient way of developing the required power and that, alongside the energy recovery, means we will see some amazing machines out there."