F1's major engine controversy explained

F1's major engine controversy explained

The idea that some Formula 1 teams have been burning oil as fuel to boost performance has been an ongoing controversy of the V6 hybrid era. Here, F1 Racing columnist PAT SYMONDS explains the history of this dark art and just how squads have been exploiting the rules

Pre-season testing and the early races of each Formula 1 season always spark some controversy based on creative interpretations of the 105 pages of technical regulations that govern the design of the cars. It's the first time that rival technical directors get a look at the opposition, and inevitably this leads to discussion of the semantics that may be used to form the understanding of those regulations.

I've mentioned oil burning briefly before, but since interest in this abstruse subject - which many thought had been put to rest - has been sparked afresh, it's worth revisiting and examining in more detail.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just