The FIA has moved to clarify its stance on the current hot topic of Formula 1; oil burn. Following the announcement of a new 0.9l per 100km ruling from the forthcoming Italian round of the championship, to clamp-down on the practice, Mercedes-Benz introduced its latest specification power-unit at last weekend’s Belgium GP.
“If an engine (ICE element) is introduced at or after the Monza race weekend, its oil consumption needs to be below 0.9L/100km whenever it is used,” a spokesperson for the FIA clarified. “If an engine (ICE element) has been introduced at or before the Spa race weekend, its oil consumption needs to be below 1.2L/100km whenever it is used.”
As teams plan the introduction and use of power unit elements throughout the season, the FIA has clarified that previous specifications of ICE will have to adhere to the regulations as they were when that component was introduced. With Mercedes introducing its upgraded power unit at Spa-Francorchamps last weekend, the FIA has confirmed the new Mercedes ICE can run with a higher level of oil burn.