The FIA intends to ban the so-called “qualification regime” of power plants for Formula 1 from next season, RaceFans said.
At the British Grand Prix, Red Bull chief Christian Horner estimated that the Mercedes W11 was about four tenths of a second faster than his team’s cars in the race. Whereas in qualifying Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas were ahead of their rivals by a whole second.
Qualification mode provides a significant increase in power, but the increased fuel consumption and additional loads on the power plants make it unsuitable for continuous use throughout the race distance.
The FIA, however, wants to prescribe in the regulations from 2021 that the power plant performance settings used by teams in qualifying should be the same as in the race.