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F1 fuel row: Renault mods to blame?

2014-04-04 09:50

FUEL SENSOR ROW: Red Bull’s woes could be due to Renault modifications made to its fuel sensor (inset). Image: GILL SENSORS

MANAMA, Bahrain - The International Automobile Federation has moved to end the problems with Formula 1's new and mandatory fuel-flow sensor supplied by British company Gill.

Red Bull, whose driver Daniel Ricciardo  was disqualified after the 2014 Australian GP, is highly critical of the sensor, arguing it is not reliable.

Germany's Auto Motor and Sport claims that "95% of the problems" with the sensor in 2014 have been in Renault-powered cars.


It is suspected that after-market modifications made to the sensor to suit the installation of the Renault power unit  have been causing the problems.

The federation has reacted by instructing teams that, as of the 2014 Spanish GP early in May, sensors must be installed exactly as they are supplied by Gill, reports Auto Motor and Sport.

F1 correspondent Michael Schmidt claims that if the problems persist beyond Barcelona then attention will turn to the fuel being used by the Renault-powered teams.

It is believed that, although sponsored by the Spanish fuel company Cepsa, Renault-powered Toro Rosso uses the same fuel as Red Bull and Lotus, supplied by Total.

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