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F1 2010 better without refuelling, says Stewart

I don't miss refuelling – and F1 is better off without it, that's the view of three-time F1 world champion, Sir Jackie Stewart.
Sir Jackie Stewart believes that F1 2010 will be better without refuelling as it was always an added and unnecessary danger.

The decision to ditch refuelling was one of the biggest changes for the new season and while its demise was partly blamed for Bore-rain, Stewart wasn't convinced and predicted – speaking prior to Sunday's exciting Australian Grand Prix incidentally – that the rest of the year will be better.

"I think it's good not to have refuelling because sooner of later there would have been a bad fire and it's better not to have that," Stewart told Pitpass.

"You occasionally do get a dull race, and Bahrain was a dull race, but that's not representative of what's coming. It's going to be one of the most competitive seasons that we've had for a very long time."

Stewart also added that in his view F1 2010 has many similarities to when he was competing between 1965 and 1973.

"The same animal's concerned," added the three-time F1 world champion. "That's to say the drivers are the same. It's more challenging for the drivers, it takes a different skill all together and of course the top guys will handle it very well."

Post-Bahrain, many experts said the lack of refuelling was one reason the F1 2010 opener had been dull. Indeed one suggestion immediately following that event was to have two mandatory pit-stops in a bid to re-introduce the kind of strategic element that had become common place prior to this season's refuelling ban [see separate story – click here].

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A.S. - Unregistered

March 30, 2010 10:15 AM

How one can miss refuelling? Refuelling in fact was decreasing the desire to overtake since drivers and teams could play with strategy to AVOID overtaking. Now with no refuelling, there's almost no other way to be in front, but to overtake on track. Finally! Of course there is tire strategy, but this is minor issue and doesn't play such big part in overtaking in the pits as refuelling did.

FooAtari - Unregistered

March 29, 2010 11:54 PM

Being a Scotsman, Stewart is one my all time favorite drivers. But sometimes he bangs on about safety a little to much. In his day, racing was too dangerous and he did a lot of great things to change that. But today F1 is pretty damn safe and probably holds less risk than drivng to work every day. Give it a rest...

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