Formula 1 teams have unanimously agreed to raise the maximum fuel limit from next season, with the change already reflected in the revised 2017 Technical Regulations.
With the increased downforce, wider tyres and an overall heavier car creating greater drag, it was feared that next year’s cars would be forced to save fuel to an even greater extent than they already do.
It was therefore proposed to increase the maximum fuel limit from 100kg to 105kg – a move which received unanimous backing during a vote this week.
The 5kg increase received the green-light from the F1 Commission and the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council and has now been added to the revised regulations.
Article 30.5 now states: “No car is permitted to consume more than 105kg of fuel, from the time at which the signal to start the race is given to the time each car crosses the Line after the end-of-race signal has been given.
“Other than in cases of force majeure (accepted as such by the stewards of the meeting), any driver exceeding this limit will be excluded from the race results.”