October 7, 2019
Max Verstappen "New fuel introduced at F1 Japan GP is 0.2 second gain"
Red Bull Honda's Max Verstappen believes that the new fuel introduced by the fuel supplier ExxonMobil at the F1 Japan GP will draw an additional 0.2 seconds from the Honda F1 engine.
F1 fuel is changed and adjusted several times a year, but Red Bull Racing has used the same type throughout the season so far.
Dario Iso, ExxonMobil's technical adviser, explains why, “It usually changes more often, but this year there was no possibility or necessity,” commented Dario Iso.
“Honda is working in a very structured way, so there was no need to make any major changes,”
but ExxonMobil prepared new fuel for the F1 Japan GP. The use of different fuels in Honda's Spec 4 F1 engine is expected to significantly improve performance.
“Over the years, gasoline updates have delivered the most gain to all engine suppliers. We expect gains from new fuel. If we can earn 0.1-0.2 seconds, it's quite big.” Said Max Verstappen.
Red Bull Racing is hoping to finish the new fuel boost and close the gap between Ferrari and Mercedes.