Re-Fuelling and Tyre Heating Illegal from 2010

Adam PooleAnalyst IApril 30, 2009

SAKHIR, BAHRAIN - APRIL 26:  Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Ferrari comes in for a pitstop during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 26, 2009 in Sakhir, Bahrain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The WMSC has today confirmed that in addition to the optional budget cap of £40m that teams will not be allowed to re-fuel or use tyre warming equipment during a race.  These changes are designed to cut the costs of transporting fuelling equipment and to encourage engine builders to come up with fuel-saving designs.

The WMSC stated that the amended 2010 Sporting and Technical regulations will be available shortly.

"Refuelling during a race will be forbidden in order to save the costs of transporting refuelling equipment and increase the incentive for engine builders to improve fuel economy (to save weight)," a statement read.

"Tyre blankets will be banned and that the ban on other tyre-heating devices will be maintained."

Re-fuelling during a race was made illegal in 1984 but re-introduced into the sport a decade later.