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Ferrari urges FIA to be on its guard over 'grey areas' of new F1

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has urged the FIA to remain vigilant when policing "grey areas" emerging due to the changes in the Formula One regulations this year.

A complete overhaul in engine regulations will see each car limited to just 100kg of fuel over a race distance at a fuel-flow rate of 100kg per hour. FIA fuel flow sensors are fitted to the cars to ensure no-one exceeds the limits, but in an open letter to Ferrari fans, Montezemolo urged the governing body to be on its guard.

"Such an important set of changes to the regulations is bringing some grey areas, for example fuel, software, consumption... In these I am fully expecting the FIA to be vigilant - as I'm sure they will be - to avoid any trickery, which has also taken place in the recent past but must not happen any more for the good of this sport."

However, FIA race director Charlie Whiting has already made clear that the FIA will have a zero tolerance attitude to teams exceeding the fuel limits and is confident its sensors are accurate.

"All cars will be fitted with an FIA homologated fuel flow sensor, which won't limit the flow but will monitor the flow," Whiting said. "100kg per hour is the maximum and I'm sure they will be quite close to that whenever they can be. The other element to it is obviously the amount of fuel which a car uses during the race, which is 100kg from when the lights go out to when the car crosses the line to finish the race. It's a maximum, the 100kg is the maximum, so if they go over they have exceeded the limits and there is no tolerance.

"We are confident of the meters accuracy and it will always be correlated with data that we have from the injectors to make sure there is not a wide divergence. But from what we so far that won't be the case."

The new regulations will see a different narrative to grands prix this year, with McLaren boss Ron Dennis predicting a "cat and mouse" style of racing. Montezemolo hopes the drivers don't turn into glorified taxi drivers as saving fuel becomes a key element to race strategy.

"The drivers will have to take care that they do not wear out the tyres and save fuel. I have already said that I hope they don't turn into taxi drivers and I say that with the greatest respect to taxi drivers, but they obviously do a different job. I, like all of you, love an extreme Formula 1 where technology and drivers are always on the limit."

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