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2014-03-24 08:48

EXCESSIVE FUEL-SAVING : FIA president Jean Todt believes that the amount of fuel-saving during races is excessive. Image: AFP

LONDON, England - The FIA is not closed-minded about making its new Formula 1 engines louder and less fuel-efficient, reports the governing body's president Jean Todt.

Todt spoke to Italian broadcaster Rai following fierce criticism of the sport's new "power unit" era in the wake of the 2014 season-opener in Australia.

Todt said: "There should be calm before reaction."


He indicated that he agrees with those who think the amount of fuel-saving necessary to get to the end of grands prix in 2014 year is excessive.

Todt said: "I do not want F1 'economy runs', the permitted amount of fuel, 100kg, was proposed by the teams. For me it is not a problem if they want it to be 100kg."

Todt said fuel-saving had nothing to do with the lack of overtaking in Melbourne: "Instead it is the aerodynamics of the cars and the circuit in Melbourne, for example, has never been very good for overtaking.

"I am convinced that very soon we will see a lot of overtaking. So let's wait before making judgements."


Todt also indicated he is alert to the shrill criticism of F1's new turbo V6 'power units', which trackside at Albert Park were recently likened to 'sewing machines on wheels'.

He said: "The noise is obviously different now and if there is a problem with it we can look at a way to make it noisier.

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