A raft of suggested changes to Formula 1 may or may not be approved but the thought of a return to refueling has many fans talking.
The incident most used as a reason for not bringing refueling back is the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix in which then Ferrari driver, Felipe Massa, dragged a fuel-rig hose down pit lane. It most likely cost him the championship title that year.
Regardless, the Brazilian veteran thinks it is a good idea to bring refueling back saying:
“I don’t think it’s a problem for safety. We had many years with refuelling in Formula 1 and we had a few problems, but not really very dangerous problems to be honest,” he said according to a Sky Sports News HQ report.
“I think it’s a good thing and [will] change completely the race. The problem now is that we will race with very heavy cars with the full tank and the lap times, if you compare qualifying and the race, it’s a big difference. It’s a lot slower compared to how it was with the refuelling. I’m sure the race will be more interesting and nicer for the driving – more sprint racing.
“So I like the refuelling and I am in favour.”
The other concern is the cost of refueling and the knock-on tweaks to fuel cells, the refueling rigs expense and other unforeseen expenses.
While I am up for trying a few of these changes out, some fans fear it will impact the sport in a negative way and ruin race strategies over rig failures or difficulties that are beyond the driver’s control.
Hat Tip: Sky Sports F1