Ferrari fuel ‘smells like grapefruit juice’ – Horner

Apr.8 (GMM) New questions about the legality of Ferrari’s 2019 engine are beginning to be asked.

In the winter test season, following a spate of FIA announcements clamping down even harder on the regulations, the general consensus was that the top engines in F1 were now all close in performance.

But then came Bahrain, where rivals were shocked to discover that Ferrari’s engine is five tenths better in a straight line.

One estimate puts the gap at 40 horse power.

“We actually thought that the FIA had filled all the last holes in the regulations,” Red Bull’s Adrian Newey told Auto Motor und Sport.

One new theory is that Ferrari’s fuel sponsor Shell has discovered something revolutionarily new.

“The fuel from the Ferrari garage smells like grapefruit juice,” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said.

Related News

  • 23/10/2016 Red Bull’s Marko rejects wild Vettel rumour Oct.23 (GMM) A wild rumour about the future of Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has been quickly shot down. The German caused a stir among the rumour mongers in Austin when he was seen in […]
  • 05/01/2015 Mercedes set for 50hp engine boost in 2015 – report Jan.5 (GMM) Delaying a start-of-season engine 'freeze' may be nowhere near enough for Mercedes' rivals to catch up in 2015. Although the rule 'loophole' championed by Ferrari and Renault […]
  • 24/04/2019 Honda confirms new engine for Baku Apr.24 (GMM) Honda has confirmed that it is taking a more powerful engine to Baku this weekend. Last week, Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko said the new engine is 20 horse power better than […]
  • 23/04/2019 Horner does not ‘suspect’ Ferrari cheating Apr.23 (GMM) Christian Horner says Red Bull is not accusing Ferrari of cheating. With Ferrari so fast on the straights this year, the Red Bull boss recently revealed that the Shell fuel […]
  • 13/05/2017 Newey denies ‘new’ Red Bull in Spain May 13 (GMM) Max Verstappen says Red Bull is "still the third team" in F1, despite high expectations about the team's car upgrade for Barcelona. Some reports suggested the team's chassis […]
  • 17/05/2017 Red Bull plans next upgrade for Austria May 17 (GMM) Red Bull is planning to make the next big step with its chassis at its own Austrian grand prix in July. The former champions closed the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari with a […]
  • 30/01/2015 Team survival more important than 1000hp – engineer Jan.30 (GMM) A former F1 engineer thinks the sport has bigger problems than a potential move to 1000-plus horse power engines. According to Italian specialist publication Autosprint, the […]
  • 05/04/2019 No ‘B’ car to fix aero problem – Marko Apr.5 (GMM) Dr Helmut Marko has denied that Red Bull needs a 'B' car in 2019. The Red Bull official says team designer Adrian Newey was "deep in thought" after the extent of the 2019 […]
  • 16/04/2017 ‘Correlation’ to blame for Red Bull problems Apr.16 (GMM) Mismatching data has been identified as the cause of Red Bull's problems early in 2017. Despite Adrian Newey's reputation with changing regulations, the energy drink owned […]
  • 26/03/2015 Red Bull fracas just ‘frustration’ – Ricciardo Mar.26 (GMM) Daniel Ricciardo has dismissed as "frustration" the unseemly spat between Red Bull and its works engine partner Renault. After Melbourne, it became clear that while Ferrari […]