The new regulation which will enter into force in 2017, aims to have the Formula 1 fastest in history, with a significant decrease in lap times of up to five seconds, depending on the circuit, having the wheels and front spoiler wider, and a rear spoiler more low and narrow, in addition to a noticeable increase in grip mechanical and aerodynamics in general.
In an event of Shell oil, the supplying of fuel from the Scuderia Ferrari, in Leicestershire (Uk), Sebastian Vettel was delighted at the prospect of cars much faster in 2017, in particular in what refers to the speed in the race, one of the aspects most affected by the regulation changes in the last decade:
“the faster the car, best. I don’t think there is any problem with the car today, beyond that in the race we used to be faster, have better lap times, and that is where we lack something, so if we are going faster next year, that’s a great thing”.
however, these new cars may have an unexpected side effects with respect to one of the features most criticized in the current era turbo: saving petrol.
According to initial estimates made by some teams and fuel suppliers, increasing the drag would mean a slight increase in the consumption of gasoline but, in turn, the greater speed at the time of cornering, it could lead to a decrease significant enough to allow a pilot does not need to save petrol during a race, depending on the circuit, the type of car or the fuel used. Vettel dropped that possibility when asked:
“From the point of view of the pilot, the next year we will have more grip, more aerodynamics, but that also means more drag in the straights and the top speed will drop a little. It may be that the gasoline consumption will increase a little because you have more drag, but, at the same time, you take the curves faster, so that it will be interesting to see as he moved that to what we need to do in the car, if we have to keep on saving gasoline, or if we can tread on the bottom during the entire race”.
The development of the types of gasoline can play a pivotal role in this hypothetical situation. Without deny nor affirm anything, the head of innovation for Shell, Guy Lovett, noted that the new regulation gives more pitch in order to better understand the operation of your fuel with the power units and continue to improve performance:
“The new rules give us more opportunities, by abolishing the system of tokens and have a development of the engine more open. Is the same in the case of the gasoline. We can be more open, and the most important thing is to exploit our close relationship with Ferrari to develop the best package. From the perspective of the fuel, it does not change how it works, necessarily; it just gives us more opportunities”.