Todt stands firm against push for rule changes

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FIA pres­i­dent in­sists F1 “is not a banana repub­lic” as he re­sists calls from teams to aban­don fuel-flow me­ters and shorten races

Jean Todt has re­jected at­tempts by Red Bull and Fer­rari to amend the 2014 regs. The teams’ pub­lic mo­ti­va­tion is to im­prove ‘the show’, with Fer­rari pres­i­dent Luca Di Mon­teze­molo say­ing the new efciency-based for­mula “is not For­mula 1”. He says driv­ers should not have to save fuel, the en­gine sound should be “mu­sic”, and claims fuel-ow me­ters are “too com­pli­cated”.

Red Bull want the FIA to aban­don the max fuel-ow rate of 100kg/hour. They say the sen­sors are “not t for pur­pose”, point­ing to the num­ber of fail­ures there have been this sea­son, and to the dis­crep­an­cies in read­ing that led to Daniel Ric­cia­rdo’s dis­qualication in Aus­tralia.

All the sen­sor fail­ures (bar one on Ser­gio Pérez’s Force In­dia) have been on cars from Red Bull, Toro Rosso or Lo­tus, who all use Re­nault en­gines and To­tal fuel.

Red Bull team prin­ci­pal Chris­tian Horner says that since the fuel is le­gal, there must be a prob­lem with the sen­sors. Op­po­nents say that if their fuel does not work with a ho­molo­gated part, then it is up to them to change the fuel.

Fer­rari can­not pro­duce the same power per unit of fuel as Mercedes, so Di Mon­teze­molo is push­ing for shorter races while leav­ing the fuel al­lowance the same. Ri­vals be­lieve they are try­ing to re­duce the gap to Mercedes.

Red Bull and Fer­rari are inuen­tial gures in F1, but Todt is stand­ing rm on both mat­ters. “This is not a banana repub­lic, where some­one turns up and says, ‘Let’s change,’” he said in Bahrain. “If you want changes, it has to be through the reg­u­la­tory frame­work.”

In-sea­son rule changes re­quire unan­i­mous agree­ment of all teams, and Mercedes and their cus­tomers have said they will block any amend­ment. In any case, Di Mon­teze­molo says it is wrong to change the rules mid-sea­son.

Mercedes have, how­ever, ac­knowl­edged that some­thing needs to be done about the noise pro­duced by the new en­gines, and have agreed that en­gi­neers should look into the is­sue.

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