Why refuelling wouldn't improve F1's racing
FIA president Jean Todt and the GPDA have both recently suggested refuelling could be the answer to improving Formula 1's racing. But a detailed look at the previous refuelling era shows that its return would not be a magic bullet to fix the show
Refuelling returned to the agenda of Formula 1's chattering classes last week thanks to a combination of FIA president Jean Todt's suggestion that such a move should be analysed and support for this from the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.
But while refuelling is not without its positives, for the drivers in particular it would be a mistake for grand prix racing to go back there. The arguments in favour are that it would allow drivers to push more during races, a laudable aim, and would help reverse the trend of modern GP cars becoming increasingly bloated.
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