Ten lessons from F1's first test
Everything you need to know about this year’s crop of F1 cars from Jerez
Posted: 03 Feb 2014
With so much of last week spent standing around waiting for the car to get fixed, some of the best insights into the new Formula came from time-filling conversations. The new regulations - 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 hybrids recovering energy not only from the brakes but the heat of the turbo too - have to run around 30 per cent more efficiently than last year's unblown 2.4-litre V8s. They have to, as they only have two-thirds of the fuel to burn - 100kg as opposed to 150kg last year - and can only burn it at 100kg/hour.
In other words the cars won't make it to the flag unless the KERS (brakes) and ERS (technically the brakes and the turbo heat but we'll use it to mean only the latter here) are working. So the races will be economy runs, right? Apparently not. Those low on fuel consumption like Monaco will be full on, 800bhp blasts from the lights.