Under the new Formula One regulations, cars will have to deal with a lot more drag, however Mercedes seems to have that bit covered through power, as it has since the past three years. And now with the introduction of an all new fuel by Petronas, the team plans to take ahead its chances in the 2017 season. Petronas came up with Primax fuel and new Syntium lubricants to meet the requirements stated by Mercedes engineers. Primax is to be tested in Barcelona this week. It took months for the new fuel to be developed at Petronas' Villastellone research centre in Italy, and is now ready for an evaluation.
Mercedes is introducing a new engine too for this season and is considered to be delivering and 'unprecedented' improvement in performance. McLaren's Jenson Button in January admitted that it would be even more difficult to beat Mercedes under the 2017 Formula 1 regulations.
Petronas invested in development of the Primax as power will be crucial in this season because of increased drag in the cars. Also, the teams have been restricted to four engines. The new fuel is set to be introduced during the Australian Grand Prix, following tests in Barcelona.
Better energy deployment will a critical requirement this year, as any car would be at a disadvantage if it loses electric boost early on straights, Petronas' motorsport manager Andrea Dolfi told Motorsport.com. Without giving out any numbers over how quick this advancement could make the car go, Dolfi said that the brand is satisfied with its performance.