Red Bull urges FIA to clamp down harder on F1 oil burn

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has urged the FIA to go further in clamping down on teams burning oil in qualifying

Red Bull urges FIA to clamp down harder on F1 oil burn

The issue of teams burning oil to help boost power became a big talking point last year, and in a bid to stop teams trying to exploit that several changes to the regulations were made for this year.

These included a new 0.6-litre per 100km oil usage limit, a restriction on different oil specifications and a ban on active control valves in parts of the engine.

Horner is concerned the changes will not prevent manufacturers from trying exploit opportunities in qualifying modes, which is an area where his team's engine partner Renault has been playing catch up.

"We'd like to see that [the rules] go further because it still doesn't deal with qualifying," said Horner.

"It contains the race but still there are windows of opportunity in qualifying which we'd like to see further closed down.

"Hopefully that will have an effect in creating engine convergence."

Horner believed that it is up to F1's car makers to agree a way to police the matter better.

"It's between the manufacturers," he said. "We still feel there are loopholes regarding qualifying that need tidying up regarding consumption.

"We felt it has been dealt with in the race.

"If you were to find a way of using lubricant in a different way and qualifying it, it offers a significant performance increase.

"We'd like to see, belt and braces, that closed down."

Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul said he was especially intrigued to see what rivals were able to do with qualifying modes from now on in the wake of the various oil burn clarifications.

"I am really curious to see what is left with the qualifying modes now that there have been a number of clampdowns on fuel and oil," he told Autosport. "Let's see.

"We have an extra performance mode for qualifying.

"But I don't want to say too much about this at this moment in time."

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