F1 »

FIA confirms refuelling could return to F1

The FIA, teams and Bernie Ecclestone are set to discuss the prospect of refuelling returning to Formula 1 from 2017.
Race refuelling could return to Formula 1 in the near future after FIA President Jean Todt confirmed it is on the agenda again.

Refuelling was banned in 2009 as part of a sweeping change of F1 regulations in 2009, primarily as a way of reducing costs, but is set to be discussed at next week's Strategy Group meeting in Geneva.

The practice of refuelling during a race, which was permitted between 1994 and 2008, drew a mixed response from fans and teams at the time, with a recent study concluding it had a negative effect on the racing and the likelihood of on track overtaking.

However, with the sport under pressure to discuss ways to improve the spectacle of F1, refuelling – particularly in conjunction with a desire to increase speeds and supply higher degrading tyres – could well make a return in 2017.

Indeed, Todt says there may be advances now that overcome the original issue of costs, confirming that the matter will be considered amongst the teams and Bernie Ecclestone next week.

“We should at least discuss it,” he said. “You know the reason why it was banned? It was the cost of carrying the fuel rig. Now we are in a kind of modern area where we know how it works.

“We are talking about 50,000 euros a year. If it is good for the show...I'm in favour of reducing the cost but that is not a key point on the global cost of Formula One.”


Tagged as: FIA , Refuelling

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) McLaren MP4-23 PitStop, Hungarian F1, Hungaroring, 1st-3rd, August, 2008
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari F2008 Pitstop, Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai, 17th-19th October 2008
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Lewis Hamilton tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Daniel Ricciardo tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
Kimi Raikkonen tests the 2017 F1 tyres in Abu Dhabi [credit: Pirelli]
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, Celebration, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016 and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


George Zaidan

January 15, 2016 4:42 PM
Last Edited 60 days ago

Refueling was banned not just because of cost but mostly because of safety concerns. There is no need to bring refueling back, racing should not depend on the pit strategy. Remove all restrictions on fuel flow and let the drivers race as fast as they want, let them regulate how much allocated fuel they use per lap if they run out they are out of the race simple as that.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.