Scuderia Ferrari’s bid to resolve their fuel consumption issue was was addressed by Formula One journalist Mark Hughes, who also provides analysis for British television coverage of Formula One, currently working in the role of technical analyst for Sky Sports.
Asked to comment on whether the upgraded Ferrari engine solved the fuel consumption issue that the Maranello team appeared to have in the beginning of the 2018 Formula One season, Mark Hughes explained: “It is a tricky thing to answer, actually. As well as simply improving the efficiency of the engine, another way of saving fuel is to be fast enough to qualify on pole and then just control the pace of the race from the front. Certainly, the car was faster than Mercedes in the race and you saw Bottas use up so much fuel in his chase of Vettel that he had to back right off in the closing stages. But the fact that Montreal is a heavily fuel-demanding track layout and Vettel had things under control suggests that it’s no worse than Mercedes – and maybe even slightly better.” – the technical analyst concluded, as reported earlier today by Formula One’s official website.