Formula 1 team bosses have unanimously agreed that refuelling shouldn’t be reintroduced in 2017 and therefore any plans to bring it back are but dead.
F1’s Strategy Group had agreed to bring back refuelling amongst other changes last month as part of their plans to “spice up the sport” in 2016 and 2017.
However we reported earlier this week that support for the proposal had waned in recent days following analysis into its effects. It was found that refuelling wouldn’t increase overtaking, nor increase the spectacle.
Team bosses met with FIA race director Charlie Whiting on Thursday evening in the Canadian paddock to discuss the plans further, and it was agreed that refuelling shouldn’t be brought back.
They cited an increase in overtaking when it was banned in 2010 along with the fact it would dramatically increase costs at a time when many teams are struggling to survive as primary reasons against.
It is now down to the Strategy Group to officially decide on whether to scrap the proposal, but it’s likely following a unanimous vote of no confidence in the idea, it will not go ahead as originally planned.