Many F1 fans, mostly the stupid ones, want the fuel stops back to experience more exciting Formula 1 races but fortunately not all team bosses are enthusiastic about this idea although Pirelli boss Mario Isola, on the other hand, wouldn’t mind.
Romain Grosjean recently explained that he wants the fuel stops in Formula 1 back in order to be more challenged at the wheel. Many fans like the idea of allowing refuelling again, but in the paddock opinions differ on this question. TJ13 has collected together some current opinion.
Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner explains: “I can’t imagine that at all. Go back and take a look at the races we still had fuel stops in, some of the most boring GPs we’ve ever seen. The strategy is then dictated by the amount of fuel you put in the car, and I don’t think it would contribute anything to the show.”
Mercedes Motorsport Director Toto Wolff doesn’t want to go that far. The Austrian also warns: “What’s negative is that the races will be a bit more predictable, because the strategies will then be the same for everyone. And it’s also about the costs, which will, of course, be somewhat higher – if not much.”
Ultimately it is probably a philosophical question, Wolff adds and emphasises: “I think we shouldn’t have sacred cows here. We should look at everything and ask ourselves if it works for us.
“Refuelling certainly brings a certain entertainment value, a new uncertainty factor. It also makes the cars much lighter at the start of the race. So the drivers can push much harder. We have to analyse everything carefully and then we have to make the best decisions.”
Pirelli Motorsport Director Mario Isola chimes in with an alternative opinion: “The cars are very heavy, compared to the 2004 or 2005 racers they are 140 kg heavier.
“This has to do on the one hand with the drive unit and on the other with the new safety structures. The cars are much safer, and that’s right.
“That’s why it can’t be the aim to think about weight reductions in the safety structures. But you can of course reduce the weight of the car by stopping for refuelling, because in this case the drivers no longer have to start the race with 110 kg of fuel on board.”
“This is of course helpful from the point of view of the tyres, because less weight also means that the tyre is less heavily loaded.
“Because at the moment the tires are being challenged enormously because the cars are heavy but incredibly fast. So if you took some of the weight away, the tyres would be a bit lighter.
“Of course, we would have to know this beforehand in order to produce the corresponding tyres,” adds the Italian.
So dear TJ13 reader, what is your opinion on the subject?
Certainly, this Judge feels that re-fuelling would be disastrous to the racing, but that said, it’s pretty much rock bottom already. Make your vote count and opinion known in the comments below.