FIA imposes new oil consumption limits in F1
Although the FIA has already agreed new rules regarding oil burn for 2018, the body is also continuing its push to ensure Formula 1 teams are not breaking the limits this season.
In a technical directive issued ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, it has reminded teams that an oil-consumption limit of 0.6 litres per 100 km was deemed acceptable, before the limit is “strictly enforced” from 2018.
At present, some manufactures could struggle to get under that figure, and as such, the FIA has until now avoided strictly limiting oil use.
“We have accepted that some competitors may have difficulties in adhering to the 0.6L/100km limit this season and a tolerance is being applied to all power units currently in use,” wrote FIA technical delegate Marcin Budkowski.
“However, we will expect the oil consumption of any ICE element of the power unit introduced from the 2017 Italian GP onwards to be less than 0.9L/100km, any consumption above this will be considered suspicious and hence investigated as a potential breach of the Technical Regulations.”
The FIA also stressed that it will continue to monitor the situation, and could not rule out further limits being imposed in the future. “We will continue to monitor the oil consumption of all competitors and carry out physical inspections and/or measurements on a regular basis,” the note concluded.