Refuelling to return in 2017 regulations

By on Friday, May 15, 2015
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Formula 1's Strategy Group has announced a raft of changes for upcoming seasons - the most prominent being the return of refuelling in races from the start of the 2017 season.

Refuelling mid-race has been banned since 2010 but it will be re-introduced from 2017, with team bosses, the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone agreeing the move at a meeting on Thursday.

In a statement released jointly by FIA president Jean Todt and FOM's Ecclestone, it was announced that there will be:

  • 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

It was also announced that from next season, teams will be allowed to make a 'free choice of the two dry tyre compounds (out of four) that each team can use during the race weekend'.

The statement added: "a few other measures have also been discussed but require further investigation before they can be implemented: a global reflection on race weekend format and measures to make starts only activated by the driver without any outside assistance."

The plan to introduce a fifth engine for the 2015 season was 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," continued the 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."

The proposals still require final ratification from the FIA's World Motor Sport Council before they are included in the final regulations.

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