F1 to bring back refueling in rules revamp

Fri May 15, 2015 11:10am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One is set to bring back refueling in 2017 as part of a rules revamp to make cars faster, louder and more aggressive-looking.

The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said in a statement on Friday, a day after a meeting of the sport's Strategy Group, that the aim was to make cars five to six seconds a lap quicker and improve "the show".

This will be achieved through aerodynamic rule changes, wider tires and making cars lighter. The V6 turbo hybrid power units, introduced last year in place of the V8s, will be higher revving and noisier.

Such measures will address some of the concerns raised about the new engines and the racing, with drivers chafing at having to save fuel and tires and Ferrari calling for revolution rather than evolution.

Refueling, which was banned in 2010, will return with a maximum race fuel allowance in keeping with moves to improve economy and present the sport in a greener light.

For 2016, teams will be given a free choice of dry tire compounds to use during the race weekend, a more controversial move that sole supplier Pirelli has questioned on safety grounds.

The meeting between the six top teams, Ecclestone and FIA also included representatives of the sport's engine manufacturers.

The FIA said the meeting at Biggin Hill, south of London, had been "constructive" and paved the way for the future of the championship.   Continued...

Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil stops for a refuel during the second practice session at the Sepang International Circuit in this file photo taken on April 3, 2009. REUTERS/David Loh