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.
Spoke to a Mercedes engineer earlier. If their drivers push each other, its going to be nip and tuck on fuel. Right on the limit.
— Will Buxton (@willbuxton) June 8, 2014
The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2pm ET. You can watch via live stream here.