FIA Rule on Fuel Tank Location
6.1.2 All the fuel stored on board the car must be situated between the front face of the engine and the driver's
back when viewed in lateral projection. When establishing the front face of the engine, no parts of the fuel,
oil, water or electrical systems will be considered.
Furthermore, no fuel can be stored more than 300mm forward of the highest point at which the driver's
back makes contact with his seat. However, a maximum of 2 litres of fuel may be kept outside the survival
cell, but only that which is necessary for the normal running of the engine.
6.1.3 Fuel must not be stored more than 400mm from the longitudinal axis of the car.
The teams are going to have fun fitting a large enough tank without having to move the driver forward. Since this is a weight element that will decrease over the duration of the race, the tank will need to be at the balance point to minimize handling changes.
With the fuel stored within 400 mm of the cars longitudinal center line, it shouldn't have too much effect on the side pods. That is unless the fuel tank pushes other elements out into this area. Side crash testing also has to be considered.
As for Lotus....I am sure Marvelous Mike will not fail to intrigue....
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