F1 Teams reject the return of refuelling to the sport

Motor Racing - Formula One World Championship - Chinese Grand Prix - Race Day - Shanghai, China

It has been announced this afternoon that Formula 1 team bosses have unanimously agreed that refuelling shouldn’t be reintroduced in 2017 and therefore any plans to bring it back have been scrapped.

The F1 Strategy Group had agreed to bring back refuelling amongst other changes last month as part of their plans to “spice up the sport” in 2016 and 2017.

However, it was reported in the paddock and on Social Media such as Twitter that support for the proposal had waned in recent days following analysis into its effects. It was found that refuelling wouldn’t increase overtaking, nor increase the spectacle.

All of the team bosses met with FIA race director Charlie Whiting on Thursday evening in the Canadian paddock to discuss the plans further, and it was agreed that refuelling shouldn’t be brought back.

The reason for this being was that an increase in overtaking when it was banned in 2010 along with the fact it would dramatically increase costs at a time when many teams are struggling to survive as primary reasons against bringing back refuelling to the sport.

It is now down to the Strategy Group to officially decide on whether to scrap the proposal, but it’s likely following a unanimous vote of no confidence in the idea, it will not go ahead as originally planned.


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