Will the Return of Formula 1 Refuelling Make for Better Racing?

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Published: May 19, 2015

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In-race refuelling in Formula One was banned for the 2010 season in an effort to save costs. Clearly that goal has not been accomplished, as spending continues to spiral out of control and lower-budget teams scramble to pay their bills.

In a press release following last week's Strategy Group meeting, the FIA announced that refuelling will return for the 2017 season, among other changes designed to make F1 more exciting.

While the change will certainly make pit stops more interesting (one more thing to go wrong!), will it actually improve the races?

Spoiler: Yes, it will.

The current maximum fuel allowance of 100 kilograms per car will remain in force, according to the official F1 website, but being able to start the race with perhaps one-third of that fuel will allow the cars to run closer to their maximum pace for more of the grand prix.

At the Spanish Grand Prix two weeks ago, for example, the cars were running approximately two seconds per lap quicker at the end of the race than at the beginning, as their fuel burned off.

And while any rule change that makes for faster cars should generally be applauded, there are other considerations.

NBC's Will Buxton reminded readers of his personal blog of the "boring races that were the norm under the past era of refuelling, where races were decided on strategy in the pits far more than they are today."

But anyone who has watched a few races this year has seen cars following each other, not even attempting to pass, waiting for the pit stops to try to get fresh tyres on first and undercut the cars in front.



In Spain, despite having a faster car, Lewis Hamilton could not follow Sebastian Vettel closely enough to overtake him on the circuit. Instead, he waited for the pit stops and eventually got past him there.

With in-race refuelling, the lap before a pit stop on low fuel is always the most impo...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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