Damon Hill Divides F1 Community Over Controversial Refueling Debate

Published 09/28/2021, 9:33 AM EDT
CHICHESTER, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Damon Hill looks on during the Goodwood Festival of Speed at Goodwood on July 10, 2021 in Chichester, England. (Photo by James Bearne/Getty Images)


Refueling used to be a crucial part of Formula One, but it also increased the danger for drivers and crew members in the pits. Former world champion, Damon Hill, thought that bring refueling back in F1 would be great, but knowing the current fuel shortage in the UK made him take back his decision.

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However, it did create a storm on Twitter; many argued that refueling shouldn’t be reintroduced to the sport. Though there were some who feel it would make for some exciting racing.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 25, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in the pits during qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Yuri Kochetkov

Damon Hill creates a debate on Twitter regarding refueling in F1

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Many would say that banning refueling from Formula One was a great idea. However, there are some, such as Damon, who think it should be brought back. This created a divide within the F1 community, creating a storm of tweets on social media.

Hill wrote, “Was just thinking about bringing back re-fueling into F1. Maybe not.”

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What made Formula One ban refueling?

There are few reasons that F1 has banned the aspect of refueling during a Grand Prix since 2010. One of them being that it was a safety hazard for drivers and crew members in the pit lane. And the other being to bring down the cost.

However, there are some such former Haas driver and head of GDPA, Romain Grosjean, who thinks refueling will help; not to create a more interesting race, but to help with car weight.

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Romain Grosjean of France and Haas F1 looks on as drivers line up on the grid for a photo prior to day one of Formula 1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

He said, as quoted by ESPN, “Yes, we want it. Not because we think it’s great for racing but because we need to bring the weight of the car down to help Pirelli. It’s a temporary fix for the car to be 70 kg lighter or 60 kg lighter. It’s one of the reasons we are overheating the car like crazy.”

He also thought it will help the racing, as the extra weight from the fuel with help the tires. Grosjean said, “Yes. It will help the tyres which is the big weakness.”

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Do you think refueling should be brought back into F1? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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