SCENE CHANGE COMING: Refuelling will be allowed again in Formula 1 from 2017 so the blue sky over this Mercedes will be cut by fuel lines hanging over the cars. Image: AFP / Marwan Naamani
LONDON, England – Formula 1 will bring back refuelling in 2017 as part of a rules revamp that will also make the cars faster, louder and more aggressive looking.
Sounds like the good ol’ times…
The governing International Automobile Federation said on Friday (May 15 2015), the day after a meeting of the sport's “strategy group”, that the aim was to make cars quicker by five to six seconds a lap.
MORE NOISE AND REVS
This will be achieved through aerodynamic rules changes, wider tyres and lightening the cars.
The V6 turbo hybrid ‘power units’ introduced in 2014 to replace the howling V8’s will continue to be used – but noisier and revving faster.
Refuelling, banned since 2010, will return but with a litres limit and teams will have a free choice of tyre compounds for the race weekend, provided the track is dry.
A federation statement added: "This constructive meeting between us, Formula One Management and the teams has paved the way for the future of the championship.
"All parties have agreed to work together to firm-up these proposals and submit them for approval by the F1 Commission and the World Motor Sport Council as soon as possible for implementation."
A proposal to increase the engine allocation from four to five per driver for the current season was rejected, as had been expected.Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 Formula 1 series.