The head of Gill, the company supplying Formula 1 with the controversial new fuel-flow sensors, has warned against scrapping the new rule.
With the fallout from Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix continuing all the way to Sepang, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner believes the new 100kg/hr flow rate should be simply dropped.
“F1 is a sport and when technology becomes too prevalent and confuses fans and teams it is not good,” he said in the paddock in Malaysia.
Indeed the 40-year-old added that in a sport with the money and the stature of Formula 1, something as simple as a sensor should not be able to have such an effect on the sport.
The governing body, the FIA, has insisted however there will be no such move to drop the rule and in a complex media conference on Friday the federation’s expert on engines, Fabrice Lom, warned of dangerous consequences if such a decision was made.
Indeed Germany’s Auto Sport und Motor quoted Lom as saying without the flow limit engineers could make the V6 turbo units capable of a colossal 2000 brake horsepower.
“Some cars would start the race at full power and then slow down and save fuel,” he added, “while others would do it the other way around.
“It would result in huge speed differences at any one time, which is far too dangerous.”
The issue for Red Bull is on Friday again the team had issues with a faulty sensor on the car of Daniel Ricciardo, and though the Australian believes the team will ensure all parties are kept happy, his boss admits a tricky decision would need to be made if problems persisted.
“Hopefully it (the Gill sensor) will behave for the rest of the weekend,” Horner said. “If it doesn’t then we will find ourselves in an awkward situation.”
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