15 May 2015
F1 refuelling return proposed for 2017
The F1 Strategy Group has outlined plans to bring back refuelling for 2017 as part of a series of ideas to revitalise the sport.
Formula 1 chiefs have agreed to bring back refuelling in 2017 as part of a series of changes announced at the F1 Strategy Group meeting on Thursday.
With the aim of making Formula 1 more entertaining, higher revving and louder engines will also be introduced for the 2017 season, as well as an evolution on the aerodynamic rules, wider tyres and a reduction on car weights.
These proposals are hoped to make the cars faster by up to 'five or six seconds' on present lap times, on top of the refuelling initiative which was last used in F1 back in 2009.
In all, the FIA statement reveals that proposals for 2017 will be as follows:
- Faster cars: 5 to 6 seconds drop in laptimes through aerodynamic rules evolution, wider tyres and reduction of car weight
- Reintroduction of refuelling (maintaining a maximum race fuel allowance)
- Higher revving engines and increased noise
- More aggressive looks
These initial proposals will still need to be approved by two legislative stages which are expected in the coming weeks.
Thursday's F1 Strategy Group meeting saw FIA president Jean Todt and commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone come together with the heads of the Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams, McLaren and Force India teams. Engine manufacturers were also present at the meeting.
Entering the discussion key points had been focused around cost-cutting for F1 teams. The Strategy Group has responded, stating 'a comprehensive proposal to ensure sustainability of the sport has emerged.'
Engine rules are set to be unaffected by the proposals, with a potential introduction of a fifth engine for the remainder of the 2015 season being rejected.
"Furthermore, in light of the various scenarios presented by the independent consulting company mandated by the F1 Strategy Group, at the initiative of the FIA, to work on the reduction of costs and following a constructive exchange, a comprehensive proposal to ensure the sustainability of the sport has emerged," read a statement.
"The Strategy Group member Teams have committed to refine it in the next few weeks, in consultation with the other teams involved in the championship. On the engine side, it has been decided that stability of the rules should prevail in consideration of the investments of the manufacturers involved in the sport and to give visibility to potential new entrants. The allowance for a 5th engine to be used during the 2015 season has been rejected.
"This constructive meeting between the FIA, FOM and the Teams has allowed paving the way for the future of the championship. All parties agreed to work together with an intention to firm up these proposals and submit them to the approval of the F1 Commission and the World Motor Sport Council of the FIA as soon as possible for implementation."
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