New F1 fuel will cost teams 20hp in 2022

Formula 1’s new fuel regulations will cost teams around 20hp this season and has resulted in significant changes to combustion, according to Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto.

All teams must use E10 fuel with a minimum of 10% biocomponent as F1 begins to evolve regulations for sustainability reasons. While Ferrari has been working to make the 2022 powerplant more powerful than its predecessor, Binotto says the fuel switch will leave all manufacturers on a comparable basis with a 20hp deficit to overcome.

“The drive unit is significantly different from the current one, with the exception of the hybrid,” said Binotto. “For the hybrid that we launched in 2021, we expected what would be used in 2022. For 2022 there will be some changes to the hybrid system – first for the regulations because more sensors will be acquired by the FIA ​​in all systems to improve monitoring. But the overall system is very similar to what we drove at the end of the season.

“But the rest, especially with the combustion engine, I have to say is significantly different. We have a new fuel, 10 percent ethanol, which has changed the way it burns. Just considering that the other fuel – no matter which supplier – is used, we lose more or less 20 hp, which means that the combustion itself is somehow quite altered. So there were a lot of possibilities in developing the engine and we changed it quite a bit, especially in the design of the combustion itself.”

According to Binotto, Ferrari has introduced innovations with its new powerplant but believes the same can apply to the 2022 chassis as all teams work on new technical regulations this season.

“What can we innovate on the chassis? I think we approached the exercise very open-minded when we looked at the concept of the car, what was possible or not – not just the external shapes, but everything that could have been done under the body, in terms of the layout, in terms of suspension design, in terms of architecture, including power supply architecture. I think the team has come up with significant innovations and the overall design that we are now formalizing is very different from Project 2021.”

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