With Red Bull’s hopes of a major engine upgrade not materialising in Canada due to engine supplier Renault choosing to focus on reliability, Red Bull Racing and their fuel partner ExxonMobil are set to bring in a fuel upgrade in time for the British Grand Prix to hopefully make up for the engine performance deficit.
Fuel in F1 has recently become a very important element for performance, with Ferrari’s engine partner Shell stating in 2015 that their fuel delivered a 25% gain to the Ferrari engine i.e half a second increase in lap time.
ExxonMobil who terminated their contract with McLaren and partnered with Red Bull for the 2017 season, delivered a new fuel for the season opener in Australia, with the second fuel coming for the British GP.
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“We don’t talk about the numbers but it’s enough to rationalise a change”, said ExxonMobil’s Motorsport technology manager David Tsurusaki. “Internally, we’re talking about introducing it at Silverstone, depending on validation. It’s unpredictable stuff but I’ve told our team that is our target.
“For the first step [In Australia], we made a good gain. The gain from the second fuel is not as much as the first fuel, but I think it’s a positive incremental step.
“I think we’ve made a nice incremental step replacing the previous fuel [From Red Bull’s previous fuel partner Total], which they didn’t think they had but we did it.
“Now we’re in a pretty good place. We have a good working relationship, we’re working closely with Red Bull and Renault. It’s moving, I think we’re close to matching our rivals now.”
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– Aditya Bhat.