Post by Sir Tim Post by Bobster Post by email@example.com
3 years and counting. How many races would Hamilton have won since
2014 without oil burning. ZERO. Mercedes gave up a new spec ICE to
introduced in Singapore because it is not as big of a gain compared to
oil buring. They could not modify their engine which since 2014 was
designed around oil burning.
From now until the end of the season only Mercedes will be allowed to
burn 33% more oil than every other team on the grid.
Biggest cheats in F1 history who won races due to illegal car
technicalities. They did?
They may have taken advantage of a loop hole in the rules, but
they'd not be the first F1 team to do that.
Exactly, they've just been cleverer than other teams. I mean it's not
like they were knowingly using an illegal floor is it?
It was known for a while amongst the teams that new ICEs introduced from
Monza weekend onwards would have to meet the new oil use regulations.
Ferrari (and a few others) misread it and thought the ruling applied to all
new ICes after the summer break and got very annoyed when they found out
they were wrong and Mercedes had escaped the deadline by a week.
It's just sour grapes. They were both using a similar amount of oil
previously and Ferrari missed the chance to get a jump on the deadline
themselves and so now have to meet the new rules. (Being that the ICE must
use a maximum of 0.9l / 100km instead of 1.2l / 100 km previously.)
The main reason Mercedes took the route they did is because the rule applies
to customer ICEs as well and they have more of those than Ferrari do (at
least 2017 spec PUs). If they'd taken a new ICE later this season them
they'd have to also ensure all of their customer teams had the same new spec
ICE which is next to impossible for them to do. (Or something...)
"Humans will have advanced a long, long way when religious belief has a cozy
little classification in the DSM*."
David Melville (in r.a.s.f1)
(*Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders)