Formula 1 Oil Burn Controversy is Real – Renault

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Renault Sport Formula 1 Team believes that Formula One’s controversy over oil burn wouldn’t have lasted long if teams had not been pushing the limits of the regulations.

The issue of teams burning oil as fuel to assist combustion came at the beginning of the season when Red Bull Racing queried the FIA, suspecting teams had found a way around the regulations.

Red Bull suspected that Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team were using this method to get a power boost over their rivals in qualifying. The Milton Keynes based team became suspicious on how Mercedes performed an extra step in Q2 & Q3 last season. Mercedes responded back saying that Red Bull had been seeing “ghosts”.

The talk of oil burn returned at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, where the FIA made it clear that no teams are allowed to use any chemicals in the oil that could help with combustion.

The suggestion came when questions were raised by Mercedes, stating they’re focusing on areas that title rival Scuderia Ferrari may have been exploiting to increase their performance. Ferrari has denied in doing anything against the regulations.

Renault is sure that the FIA would not have gone as far if they weren’t suspicious that could be misbehaving against the rules.

Renault’s F1 engine chief Remi Taffin spoke to Autosport and commented: You never have these kinds of discussions and clarifications from the FIA if something hasn’t been done.”

“But I have to say that as far as we are concerned, we did not really pay attention to this [last clarification].”

Taffin is confident in the matter, believing that the latest ruling from the FIA will have been enough to ensure that everyone was now operating in a level playing field.

“We obviously understand what is being done, We fully appreciate the fact that we need to burn fuel. I don’t think anyone is doing anything like that anymore. Just look at what is out there these days and that is the proper comparison.”

Sahara Force India’s COO Otmar Szarfnauer, who run Mercedes customer engines, also told Autosport that he regrets the oil burn matter has dragged on for so long.

“The FIA had an opportunity to fix it a long time and didn’t take it. It is one of those things – my neighbour once told me if you put your time in early with your child, once they are an adult you are done.”