ISLAMATRON wrote:banning refueling must be coupled with a total redesign of the tires. That alone will make it a no go. In these tough economic times I doubt Bridgestone want to incur the large costs of totally redesigning the compound...
Exactly. Good point...
For the people who say the current refuelling-allowed system causes anomalies the banning of it will cause even more with tire-related issues.
So, some argue that currently some teams get disadvantaged because of pit-stop errors but the reality is the team is in control of that and is theirs to perfect (or screw up). If you remove refuelling then it would mean far greater random tire issues (due to greatly increased car weight and length of use) including delaminations, flat-spotting, tire wall failures etc. How could increasing the incidents of these issues (which are basically outside of the control of the team) possibly be an improvement over the way races are currently run?
In addition, banning refuelling would see either cars coming into the pits twice as often to get new tires or tires being provided which last twice as long. The former would render the 'pit-stops ruin races' argument void as there would then be even more
pit stops (for tires), and the latter would slow the cars down (whole-race tires would have to be far too durable and therefore have less 'general' grip) too much - affecting the racing spectacle too much in my opinion. In such a scenario a GP2 car would likely be as fast as an F1 car over race-distance. Just how slow do we want to make F1?
Lastly, safety. What? How many cars have blown up in F1 in the last 20 years? How many pit crew/drivers/spectators have been injured/killed due to fuel fire? I fail to see where this big safety risk with refuelling is (since that is the argument some are using to promote its banning).