F1 Revamp Plan Includes Refueling, Customer Cars & Free Tire Choice

After the F1 Strategy Group met on Thursday, they finally decided on what measures they should take in order to return the sport to its former glory.

The meeting was spearheaded by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, FIA president Jean Todt and Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, Williams, McLaren and Force India team chiefs.

Their main focus was to drop lap times by 5 to 6 seconds starting with 2017 – which would mean an aerodynamic rules evolution, wider tires and less weight on the car.

Surprisingly though, refueling is making a comeback after being banned in 2010, though there will be regulations in place, such as a predetermined maximum fuel load.

According to Autosport, members of the committee also voted for higher revving engines and louder cars – which we’re thrilled about, since fans were already starting to complain about these issues lately.

From next season, teams will get to choose their tires freely (two dry compounds from a selection of four) – which isn’t something Pirelli is particularly excited about. They argue that it would lead to too many different race strategies, which is fine by us since the top teams will probably mirror each other’s choices anyway.

Another main talking point was the introduction of customer cars, which teams are now officially exploring. This is something that would only benefit the top teams, so we’re sure that it will raise a lot of eyebrows in the near future.

Bottom line, things are in motion and we’d rather focus on the positives than the negatives. We’re behind just about any and all measures that help make Formula 1 more competitive – besides, there’s no way all teams can ever be 100% happy with the rules in place.

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  • Six Thousand Times

    Sound like all good proposals. I’d like to see lower and maybe wider rear wings to provide more “clean” air for overtaking.

    • 911

      In my opinion it also looks better 😀

    • Vassilis

      I’m not sure they will. We’ve seen those pre-2009 and overtaking was at its worst.

      • Six Thousand Times

        2009 wings were still pretty high. I was thinking that huch lower wings would throw less dirty air rearward. Something similar to Indycarsm might work.

        • Vassilis

          I said pre-2009. 2008 and before. So, what you’re saying is not necessarily the case. F1 cars are heavily depended on aero so no matter what they do, the car behind will always be disturbed. That comes from the diffuser as much as the wings.

  • Good to see a positive article written about F1 changes. These seem pretty good, and its makes total sense to bring back refuelling as long as the overall quantity is limited. Should makes the cars lighter whilst adding to the theatre. Bring it on 🙂

    • Vassilis

      It doesn’t make that much sense actually. Refuelling was banned because of costs. Costs are the sport’s biggest problem right now. Thankfully Wolff explained things a little better. He said they want to investigate if they can make fuel pit-stops last 2-3 seconds. If during investigation they see it costs too much they won’t do it.

      • Tom

        Vasilaki mou costs aren’t the biggest problem. The biggest problem is the viewing numbers are dropping considerably and in decline. If no one is watching the sport can cut costs to ZERO and it wouldn’t make F’ ALL difference. The sports has been literally chocked to death by too many rules and rule changes to the point where it is becoming so boring not only to watch but the racing and technology too. The cars haven’t been this slow in terms of lap times for bloody years and you can see it. The cars need to be faster and dangerous to drive. Where the drivers with the biggest BALLS and talent win races, rather than team managers managing tyres and pit stops winning races.

        The cars are also way to quiet and quite frankly sound absolutely sh$t!!! This is not F1. I want the cars to scream, rev to the moon and be dangerous to watch. The cars are also very ugly. Yes I want wider tyres, lower weight, more power and more revs. F’K fuel economy and all the other bullshit that goes with it. Let them race man!!!

        • Vassilis

          You are wrong. Costs are the biggest problem. The decline of viewing numbers has to do with many things, one of the them being the fact F1 has ditched free to air TV. Then it depends on who’s fighting for the championship and other things.

          I agree that there are too many rules but I don’t agree they’ve made the sport boring. We’ve already seen a few fun races in 2015. The technology is amazing. The PUs are masterpieces. Those who find it boring can’t appreciate top engineering and every F1 fan should be able to.

          I also agree with you the cars need to be faster and it’s a good thing that will happen. I’m only sceptical about refuelling because as I said it will increase costs and rest assured that will be a problem. Unless of course as Wolff said, they find a way to bring it back without much extra cost.

          Finally, the cars aren’t too quite. They are less noisy than the V10s and the V8s but they’re not too quite. They’re still loud and sound like racing cars. Of course we’d all like for the V10s to be back but we must all have a look around us and see what the reality is. Those engines are a thing of the past. Technology is moving forward and F1 cannot get stuck just because the fans want NA engines. I love the V6s. They don’t sound as crazy but they’re almost as powerful as the V10s and they have a lot more torque. All that from 1.6 litres.

  • rover10

    They have just this one chance to make the right changes, otherwise the fan/viewer numbers will continue to fall. In essence, the above changes are in the right direction however, I would prefer less constraints on aero and allow more imaginative methods of achieving down-force. This could lead to an ever changing car appearance through out the season, thus maintaining fan/viewer focus.

  • Gareth Siew

    I just wish that there are more tire manufacturers instead of one!

  • rover10

    I’m still concerned about the remainder of this season, and what appears to be another semi-dull season in 2016? Is 2017 too late for many?

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