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FIA closes oil burn qualifying loophole

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03/05/2018

In its latest bid to stymie teams' use of oil burning as a means of increasing performance, the FIA has issued a fresh directive aimed at closing a qualifying loophole.

Under the latest directive, teams are expressly forbidden from topping up their oil systems during qualifying.

"Following numerous discussions on the subject, we wish to clarify that in order to allow the FIA to monitor oil consumption during the qualifying practice session in a precise and timely manner, no oil may be added to the car nor may any auxiliary oil tank (AOT) be activated, i.e. there may be no oil transfer between an AOT and any part of the engine lubrication system," writes the FIA's technical delegate Jo Bauer, according to Autosport.

"Exceptions to the above may however be granted on specific occasions following a request from the team concerned, any such exception will be made at the sole discretion of the FIA technical delegate."

Rather than teams topping up their oil systems in a bid to hide the higher consumption that would result from oil burning during qualifying, the latest directive is seen as a shot across the bows before anyone attempts it.

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1. Posted by meatball, 04/05/2018 17:48

"why not just let them use more fuel? no more pissing around with oil systems!"

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2. Posted by NS Biker, 03/05/2018 18:02

"I can see the next Directive ....

"Only Italian cars will be permitted to smoke at an event, in practice, qualifying and during a race.""

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3. Posted by VC10-1103, 03/05/2018 13:27

"Why don't they just force them to have a catch tank like they did in the '70's?"

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4. Posted by mzso, 03/05/2018 13:23

"This again just shows the inept style of FIA. Why not just specify an oil tank size have it sealed for race/qualifying.

Recalls the idiocy with radio messages a year or two back. They started monitoring conversations and filtering what's a "safety issue" or not.
Just remove radio contact and have safety issues, black flags reported centrally. Maybe remove real-time telemetry."

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5. Posted by Motorsport-fan, 03/05/2018 11:55

"Usually these loopholes are closed because a team or teams are already doing it."

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