FIA warns teams about exceeding fuel flow limit

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The FIA has sent out a warning to the 11 Formula 1 teams about exceeding the maximum fuel flow limit during today’s Canadian Grand Prix.

In a new regulation for 2014, drivers are not allowed to consume fuel at a rate greater than the 100kg/h during the race, and this weekend could see many teams go close due to the thirsty nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Canada.

At the opening race of the season in Australia, Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from the final classification after his car was deemed to have consistently exceeded this limit. Despite a spirited appeal and defence from Red Bull, the decision was upheld by the FIA, and denied him second place at his home grand prix.

Ahead of today’s race, race director Charlie Whiting (pictured) has sent a memo around to all of the teams with a clear warning about exceeding the fuel flow limit.

“With reference to the technical directive, we would like to remind you of the following paragraph,” it reads, before going on to explain the parts of the regulations concerning the maximum fuel flow limit.

“We would like to inform you that any persistent or serious breach of the limit set out above during the race will be reported to the stewards immediately.”

Fuel consumption could be a big problem during today’s race. NBCSN’s Will Buxton spoke to a member of the Mercedes team ahead of the race today, and was told that it could be the deciding factor in the battle between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2pm ET. You can watch via live stream here.

Here’s who were picking to win the Indy 500 — who are YOU picking?

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Several members of the NBC Sports motorsports staff have made their predictions on who will win Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Of the six voters, two are going with 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden, while two others are going with Helio Castroneves to win a fourth 500, which would tie him with A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

Here’s our picks. Who are YOU picking?

Leigh Diffey: Helio Castroneves — He drives the place better than anyone else. For me (for what its worth) he deserves a fourth 500 ring for the frustration he went through never getting the IndyCar title!

Townsend Bell: Josef Newgarden

Nate Ryan: Simon Pagenaud — All of his 2018 misfortune on the track has disappeared in May, and it culminates in the biggest victory of his career.

Jerry Bonkowski: Helio Castroneves – There’s no pressure as he pursues his fourth Indy 500 win. All Helio has to do, as late NFL owner Al Davis would say, is “Just win, baby!” (But if Helio falls short, watch for Marco Andretti)

Kyle Lavigne: Josef Newgarden — I think he has everything he needs to get it done this year.

Dan Beaver: Robert Wickens – Has driven like anything except a rookie and his second-place finish at Phoenix proves he’s just as good on an oval as the road courses.

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