F1 teams nix return to refuelling ahead of Canadian Grand Prix

In a rare sign of unanimous agreement, Formula One has wisely rejected the Strategy Group’s and Bernie Ecclestone’s plan of returning refuelling to the sport in 2017.

Refuelling was one of the ways in which the Strategy Group planned to make F1 cars five seconds per lap faster, it was the worst of such strategies.

Team Principals met with Charlie Whiting ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix and presented a unified front and concrete evidence that refuelling will not ‘improve the show.’

Aside from the obvious cost increases and potential safety issues, the most damning evidence showed that overtaking increased dramatically after refuelling was last banned. It was the proverbial nail in the coffin.

Image: Ercole Colombo via Pirelli

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