Fil wrote:*Or allow refueling, but limit fuel for the race to 'x' litres. Again, forcing the teams to strategically figure out how to finish the race on too little fuel.
bhallg2k wrote:When was the last time anyone was hurt by fueling error? (No, Massa's championship-robbing stop in Singapore in 2008 does not count.)
bhallg2k wrote:Ok, I'll ask again. When was the last time anyone was hurt by a fueling error?
I generally don't care about things that could have, would have, or should have happened. The hypotheticals for any situation are rarely in short supply. Because of that, I care much more about what actually happens.
Robert Kubica's crash at the Canadian Grand Prix in 2007 could have been a whole lot worse. But, it wasn't.
bhallg2k wrote:I think it's better to ask if that incident was enough to justify a ban on refueling for safety reasons. I don't think it was. In fact, I don't think it even came close.
This discussion is all well and good, but refueling was banned to save the cost of lugging 24 refueling rigs all over the world. If added safety was ever mentioned, it was peripheral to the goal of cutting costs.
I wonder if it's really saved the teams any money at all. I'm sure they've incurred considerable costs for the R&D involved to implement the change. And how much of that can be carried over from year to year when we've seen changes in tire type, size and manufacturer; free reign on weight distribution and mandated weight distribution and, next year, back to free reign; KERS, no KERS, KERS again; and so on and so forth? I just see the refueling ban as needlessly changing one more variable on top of a laundry list of other changes.
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