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Refuelling to return to F1?
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Formula 1 bosses are discussing bringing back refuelling in 2021.

Jean Todt, the president of governing body the FIA, said he would like to bring back the practice, which was outlawed before the 2010 season.

Todt said a final decision would be made on the basis of a study on the potential effects.

"Personally, I would like to see refuelling, but I am happy to see a study on the positives and negatives," said Todt.

He said one of the benefits would be that the cars would be lighter at the start of a race as well as smaller.



I have to admit, I'm not wild about this. If we look at this graph of the number of overtakes in F1 over the years... the dip between 1994 and 2009 coincides with when refuelling was allowed in the past.

That's not to say that refuelling was the only reason for the dip, nor that bringing it back would necessarily result in a similar dip today. However, it does suggest that, if you want to see more on-track passes in F1, then bringing back refuelling is not a recipe for achieving that.
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Need a different solution. While pit stops can affect the running order, having more competitive field and better aero package will do that more so.
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(07-29-2019, 08:30 AM)Gaomon274 Wrote: Need a different solution. While pit stops can affect the running order, having more competitive field and better aero package will do that more so.

Absolutely agree: aero is the biggest problem with F1 right now, and it has been for a long time. The teams like to spend an insane amount on aero, and it just leads to the cars being unable to follow each other. The rulemakers have tried repeatedly to crack down on this; however, the teams' engineers are extremely clever with finding loopholes, and within a year, they're basically back to how they were before :( .

DRS has helped to mitigate this to a certain extent, but it's often derided as gimmicky (myself, I'm fine with the system existing on the cars, but I don't like the whole "You can only use it at a specific point(s) on the track, and only if you're less than 1 second behind the car in front" thing).
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Yeah, NASCAR has been struggling with aero as well.

IndyCar on road courses run Push To Pass, you get X seconds of better performance and can freely use it until you're out. Allows drivers, as gimmicky as it is, to use it to help pass or defend position.
May help reduce how limited DRS is because it sounds too restrictive for its own good.
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