Ferrari warns of 'cruising' with fuel limit
2 July 2013 – Ferrari has admitted to concerns over the fuel flow limit which will be introduced when the sport switches from V8 engines to turbocharged V6 powerplants in 2014.
Last week, governing body the FIA confirmed that cars will not be permitted to use more than 100kg during a Grand Prix next season, around 40-50kg less than the figures currently used, with a flow meter being fitted to the fuel tanks of all cars.
And as the transition approaches, Ferrari reckons there is a danger of fuel saving becoming too much of a priority, thus reducing the quality of on-track action.
"Ferrari feels this could be a danger," explained Luca Marmorini, the Maranello-based outfit's Head of Engines. "We like Formula 1 to consider efficiency, but we don’t like Formula 1 to be a sport where you are cruising for 50 percent of the laps."
Marmorini added that reliability will be of even greater focus for the teams next year, with the season-long engine allocation per driver being cut from eight units to five:
"Whoever can handle the engine in a good way and be reliable will have good results. .But it will be difficult to run the season without issues; we are talking about four to five thousand kilometres per unit which is almost double what we are doing right now."
Manufacturers are restricted to one homologated engine for the 2014-2020 period, with the FIA only allowing changes "for installation, reliability or cost saving reasons."