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GP Week : Issue 126
F1 NEWS >> F1 NEWS >> IT can be hard to keep a secret in a village. And while F1 is a transitory village, one that takes in the four corners of the globe and is populated by people from every continent, it is a village nonetheless. As a result, it’s borderline impossible in the paddock to keep anything secret for long. Rumours of an all-electric pitlane have been circulating for quite some time, but in the Nurburgring paddock this weekend, the FIA finally confirmed what everyone had been talking about. According to Article 5.19 of the 2014 Technical Regulations, “ The car must be run in electric mode (no ignition and no fuel supply to the engine) at all times when being driven in the pit lane.” Speaking in the Nurburgring paddock on Friday, Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali said that there was still a lot to be discussed before the electric mode could be confirmed. “ This is a topic that, in my view, because of the situation that is for 2014, it can still be discussed, we have the time to discuss it in a proper way,” Domenicali said. “ There are different opinions on this subject because, on one side, there is the technical aspect and, on the other side, there is the sport and the passion. “ You may say that, in the pit-lane, with no noise, it would be difficult for the people to perceive the passion that F1 is all about. On the other side, you may say that F1 has to be the pinnacle of motorsport in terms of new developments and research, and so this goes in the opposite direction. I think this is something that we will discuss.” FIA confirm 2014 ‘electric’ pitlane rumours For your daily dose of Formula 1 news ... FIA President Jean Todt is a man on a mission, and that mission is to make Formula One technology more relevant to road cars while also improving the sport’s environmental reputation. It is those desires that were behind his push to switch to 1.6l 4-cylinder turbo engines, and it is the same desires that form the basis of F1’s movement to improved energy recovery. Existing KERS devices already harness the energy used under braking, and that energy is used to give drivers a brief boost of power once per lap. But KERS is only the tip of the energy recovery iceberg. Logically, the next stage of F1’s technological arms race will see teams innovating in the energy recovery sphere as every joule used is the opportunity of another joule gained. But for the moment, while the concept is still in its infancy, the FIA has produced strict guidelines to govern propulsion and energy recovery in 2014. According to Article 5.2 of the 2014 Technical Regulations, “ The use of any device, other than the engine described in 5.1 above, and one MGUK, to propel the car, is not permitted. The maximum power used to propel or brake the car through the MGUK must not exceed 120kW. “Energy input from the MGUK to the ES may not exceed 2MJ in any one lap and energy released from the ES to the MGUK may not exceed 4MJ in any one lap. The difference between the maximum and minimum state of charge of the ES may not exceed 4MJ at any time the car is on the track. “Any energy stored in the MGU Control Unit must not exceed 5kJ. “ The ERS may only recover energy from the car via a single MGUK and/or a single MGUH. “ The MGUK may only recover energy from or give back energy to the car via its mechanical link to the drive train. This mechanical link must be of fixed speed ratio to the engine crankshaft and may be clutched. “ The MGUH may only recover energy from or give back energy to the car via its mechanical link to the exhaust turbine of a pressure charging system. This mechanical link must be of fixed speed ratio to the exhaust turbine and may be clutched. “ With the exception of a single ERS, the total amount of recoverable energy stored on the car must not exceed 300kJ. Any which may be recovered at a rate greater than 2kW must not exceed 20kJ.” 2014 Energy Recovery System regulations revealed 11