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F1 2016- How does negative fuel work?

During a race when you're pushing the fuel limit past 0.00 into the negative, what exactly does this mean and how do each of the 3 fuel consumption modes affect it? Can't seem to find a straightforward answer.

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  • BritpointBritpoint Member, Codemasters Codemasters Employee
    The +/- fuel range indicates number of laps fuel you have extra or are short, assuming a 'normal' fuel burn rate (i.e. 'Standard' mix and a typical driving style). Setting fuel to Rich gives you more power but increases your actual fuel burn rate, which will lower the range value. Setting to Lean reduces your power but reduces your burn rate, which increases this value.

    Keeping this value at 0.00 is considered 'optimal' as this means you have enough fuel to finish the race but with no extra left over.
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  • thombrouwer90thombrouwer90 Member Pit Crew
    During a race when you're pushing the fuel limit past 0.00 into the negative, what exactly does this mean and how do each of the 3 fuel consumption modes affect it? Can't seem to find a straightforward answer.
    In a race, your fuel consumption displays how much laps you will still have when you cross the finish line. So for example when it says +0.50 on lap1 they predict that you'll have some extra spare fuel left when you cross the finish line after the last lap. When you're on -0.20 you won't have enough fuel to finish the race, so you can better put it on Lean mix, standard mix is usually enough. You can try find out what works the best for you. Hope this helped a little bit besides my crappy explanation :smiley:
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  • sjsharp2010sjsharp2010 Member Champion
    Gotcha. Just one more question just to be sure, to be able to finish a race without running out of fuel you have to be at a 0.00 or higher when you cross the checkered flag right? Because instead if youre at -1.50 in a 20 lap race, at halfway through lap 19 is when you'll run out of fuel correct?
    more or less yes.

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  • Ho3n3rHo3n3r Member Pit Crew
    Basically, if you have 6 laps fuel left, but there are still 7 laps left in the race, it will show -1.00 fuel. So, if your fuel usage is 2 litres per lap, you will still have 12 litres left, but you require 14 at that stage to do the remaining 7 laps. That means that, to finish, you need to run in lean and lift and coast the rest of the race to get to the finish.
  • inspiretheworldinspiretheworld Member Petrol Head
    edited June 20
    It would of been good if lifting and coasting to save fuel during the race was a thing, but it ain't in 2016. You can set your own fuel and manage the fuel around corners to mostly run rich on all the straights. All real life teams run the lowest fuel, so fuel saving during the race is important. It's a shame. 
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