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Mercedes proposes 20hp boost for trailing rivals

  • Published on 09 Mar 2016 10:50
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

A surprising proposal by Mercedes could help solve the issue of Mercedes' seemingly endless domination in the new 'power unit' era. As many predicted a third consecutive season of regular silver-coloured one-twos this year, the so-called 'Power Unit Working Group' was this week meeting in London.

The group has been tasked with tabling proposals for the future of the engine regulations at the Bahrain grand prix in early April, with the headline problem being the big performance difference between Mercedes and the other three power unit suppliers. Germany's Auto Bild Motorsport claims that a proposal made by Mercedes is that Ferrari, Renault and Honda be allowed to turn up their 'fuel flow' by a factor of 2 per cent.

With Mercedes standing still, that would give the trailing three almost 20 extra horse power, and potentially satisfy the F1 Commission's demand for 'performance convergence'.

If Sebastian Vettel was in charge, however, the Ferrari driver would probably scrap the current restrictions on fuel flow and usage altogether. "As a sportsman, I think formula one should be about who can drive his car the fastest, not who is best at saving fuel," the German told Sport Bild in a pre-season edition. (GMM)

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  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    I have to agree with Vettel, increase the total amount of fuel that can be used and remove the fuel flow limit. Maybe re-introduce refueling? It will certainly make the cars faster.
    I agree there should be a limit on how much fuel you can use during the race but there should be no limit on how you decide to use it.

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    • Mar 9 2016 - 19:54
  • RacetoWin

    Posts: 95

    There should be no fuel saving in f1, they already have hybrid technology but it has limited use due to rules.

    let the teams run as much power as they want engine and hybrid, let drivers be a normal human weight.

    This is F1, its not a prius race for fuel mileage. fuel saving is boring, fast wear tires is boring, 2 tire compounds per race is boring, DRS removes the action of the high speed chess game once played by the great drivers of yesteryear. Bring back good race tires that can last a race distance, a gamble for some as the rest of the pack choose to stop for fresh tires.

    F1 had passion, fans loved F1. not so uch anymore. Its lack of technology integration to the fans have us watching other forms of racing since F1 is so diluted with stupid rules and lack of online streaming to bring us fans together.

    Sponsors make F1 happen, the sport is no longer accessible to many fans, sponsors are losing market value paid out to F1 teams vs marketing themselves. F1 should be free to all so billions of people would be watching the cars and the sponsors will be known globally.

    Bernie, your pissing off the fans, the ones who help make you money!

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    • Mar 10 2016 - 04:14
    • f1dave

      Posts: 782

      Exactly, plus eliminate all telemetry and leave the racing to the drivers.

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      • Mar 13 2016 - 17:47

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