|Red Bull Photo / Mark Thompson|
Just one race into the 2014 season and already there is a controversy in Formula 1, FlowGate.
Fans don't like it or even understand it, it's easy to make an argument against the maximum fuel flow regulation and sway opinion against it. "Just let them run whatever flow, if they run of gas that's that" goes the refrain.
The rule was put in place to encourage development of the "electric" part of the power units. It's easy for manufacturers to get power by increasing fuel to the internal combustion part of the Power Units, went the FIA thinking, we want development on the energy recovery side.
But who wanted this engine formula most? That's right, the FIA and Jean Todt. Now Mr.E has come out criticizing the sound of the engines, a video comparing 2013 F1 sounds to 2014 ones goes viral and "miraculously" does not get pulled from YouTube by FOM. Australian circuit promoters talk about suing for breach of contract.
Today there is an interview on the Gazzetta dello Sport with Flavio Briatore who aligns himself with Ecclestone saying the new formula is a disaster and the FIA should drop the 100 kg/hr fuels flow immediately.
That same rule Red Bull, Bernie protege Christioan Horner at the helm, felt sufficiently covered to openly challenge the FIA on.
It smells of a long term campaign in an old war, just saying.