Why Don't F1 Cars Refuel?


Formula 1 cars used to have refuelling in races, but why do they not do this anymore?
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  • Kushagra Setu
    Kushagra SetuAcum 8 ore


  • kikoredog
    kikoredogAcum 11 ore

    overtakes, drama, CHAOS... YESSS YESSS!

  • Nikunj Doshi
    Nikunj DoshiAcum 13 ore

    Hell ya, refueling was amazing, gave so much complexity to the race.

  • Cooper George
    Cooper GeorgeAcum o Zi

    Benniton 1994 and 1995 was cheating like crazy They has tcs underweight and took out the fuel limiter which is why jos went up in flames

  • Sener S
    Sener SAcum o Zi

    Refuel should come back. Refuelling makes races more interesting.

  • Barks Life
    Barks LifeAcum 2 Zile

    In Argentina, when Irvine started the race on extremely low fuel, shot off in front of everyone so he could allow Michael through, after his pit stop, and then hold up the pack. It made for an exciting race to see if they could pull it off. I don't think refuelling should return, but there needs to be an element added that creates another kink in the way teams think about strategy, that can be kept secret from all their competitors, and isn't revealed until the race is already under way.

  • Big Wang
    Big WangAcum 3 Zile

    Im confused. If they didnt need to refuel why did they used to.do it?

    LOLZ LOLZAcum 3 Zile

    An overtake it a pit stop is ALOT better than a standard DRS overtake.

  • Abdalla
    AbdallaAcum 3 Zile

    Guys dumb question but how do the f1 cars never run out of gas in races?

  • derin111
    derin111Acum 4 Zile

    It used to be even more exciting where there was the possibility of actually running out of fuel right near the end when they had very marginal fuel loads to complete the race. That just doesn't seem to happen now?

  • Di Mauro Szvesz
    Di Mauro SzveszAcum 4 Zile

    Cause like this people like Schumacher can be flat out the entire race, and it's better to let the race for team strategists and pirelli.

  • Michał Jeleń
    Michał JeleńAcum 4 Zile

    For some reason Indycar and NASCAR are still doing fine refueling. And it adds another dimension to races ofc. And there are no fiery explosions, no extraordinary costs (in NASCAR they just pour fuel straight from simple can with gravity doing it's work).... It can be done. Without millions poured into it. With respect to safety.

  • Andrew Li
    Andrew LiAcum 5 Zile

    Yes yes refueling is part of the race, 2 or 3pit make more interesting

  • Stevenick Mac donald
    Stevenick Mac donaldAcum 7 Zile

    Lollypop men caused those fuel hose issues, not Drivers. Cool Vid ✌️

  • Habito Kun
    Habito KunAcum 7 Zile

    aaaaand that's why the last time i watched f1 was in 2009....

  • Brandon Little
    Brandon LittleAcum 7 Zile

    Sooo, if they don't refuel anymore, then that means they just use a single tank? Did F1 shorter the events to be less laps to accommodate for only running on a single tank?

  • Aaron M
    Aaron MAcum 8 Zile

    "It's for your safety" ruins every damned thing...

  • king0cans
    king0cansAcum 8 Zile

    F1 sucks

  • Ts68mo
    Ts68moAcum 8 Zile


  • Ryan McAtee
    Ryan McAteeAcum 8 Zile

    I was a big NASCAR fan, but not thrilled with their political leanings so I stopped watching. I missed watching racing and recently found F1 through the Netflix series. The F1 cars are a marvel and the races are fantastic. I noticed that yellow-flag conditions where the field resets is much less common in F1 and so position is important throughout the race. In NASCAR, you can hang back for most of the race and, as long as you are on the lead lap, make a final push at the end of the race. F1 is much more compelling in this way.

  • ProjectMaelstrom
    ProjectMaelstromAcum 8 Zile

    Naaaaah one of your worst videos mate. Sorry but not a highlight :/

  • Eddie G.
    Eddie G.Acum 8 Zile

    Nah keep refueling banned

  • John Thiessen
    John ThiessenAcum 8 Zile

    Indycar and NASCAR refuel safely still. It is only interesting when the fuel tanks are small enought that you have to manage the fuel on board. Coming up with the right out strategy while taking into account fuel burn and tire wear is what makes racing more interesting IMHO. Right now F1 has enough gas to run full out in the highest power mode on the engine for the whole race, only thing holding the engine back is reliability and limited number of engines allowed per season. It would be interesting to see what would be done if they could run out of fuel if they screw that up...like Indycar and NASCAR.

  • David Mcallister
    David McallisterAcum 8 Zile

    Massa comes to mind? What about the McLaren shown b4

  • C Dopeless
    C DopelessAcum 9 Zile

    Why not ban pit-stops at all? Sure, they can develop tyres, that will last for the whole race. Yes, cars will be slower, but 98% don't care! Even more, they can develope tyres that will last for the whole season! Cars will be even more slower, but the average f1 fan don't care about the speed too much! This will improve both the safety and cost. I vote for the total pit-stop ban.

  • Screaming little kid
    Screaming little kidAcum 9 Zile

    2:33 sus

  • jamie hunter
    jamie hunterAcum 9 Zile

    i want refueling in the F1 games

  • Mathias Greywolf
    Mathias GreywolfAcum 10 Zile

    So... Every other major racing series can refuel... But not F1... NASCAR, Indy, IMSA, WEC, etc etc etc.....

  • Alvaro Garavito
    Alvaro GaravitoAcum 10 Zile

    what about V10? why God, why? I ask.

  • Tynan Macaluso
    Tynan MacalusoAcum 10 Zile


  • Mike Philpot music
    Mike Philpot musicAcum 10 Zile

    Here's an interesting thought do you ever feel they'll be an f1 electric car? 🤔

  • Dj Sickbeatz

    Dj Sickbeatz

    Acum 10 Zile

    Formula E exists

  • Bob Wortman
    Bob WortmanAcum 10 Zile


  • upthebracket26
    upthebracket26Acum 10 Zile

    TL:DR - The rules dont allow it

  • Taeru Alethea
    Taeru AletheaAcum 10 Zile

    'refueling' like swapping battery packs for more boost or ERS would be an interesting addition.

  • Eric Lamont
    Eric LamontAcum 10 Zile

    Sooo... why do GT cars still refuel?!

  • sotitofanschop
    sotitofanschopAcum 11 Zile

    It was ñast reason. F1 was quite vocal then about trying to expand in the US for the $$$ in the market. It sort of turned people off as it was basically saying fans are too stupid to understand strategy, let’s take away refueling, add KERS and hope for more overtakes on track.

  • Dennis Chin
    Dennis ChinAcum 11 Zile

    Netflix has documentary about F1, it's really nice to watch and learned a lot about it. They spend like anywhere from 3-400M to like "Big dogs" like red bull spend double of that.

  • AttilatheThrilla
    AttilatheThrillaAcum 12 Zile

    They still do it in Indy.... Pit stops are boring as hell now in F1 and fuel consumption was an amazing strategic play during the race.. and if teams can’t afford it then they shouldn’t be in the sport.. Edit: I also disagree with the timing difference of fuel weight because the cars are so close in time it could actually make a massive difference

  • mero shango
    mero shangoAcum 12 Zile

    So they always race with the full tank from star until the end?????

  • jermaine chandler
    jermaine chandlerAcum 12 Zile


  • Rik Mono
    Rik MonoAcum 13 Zile

    REAL ANSWER- because it was interesting!!

  • matthew 2779
    matthew 2779Acum 13 Zile

    You seriously ask the most stupid explainable questions ? Ahhh duh cause it's dangerous nerd. Duh

  • mathew mcintosh
    mathew mcintoshAcum 13 Zile

    What is the issue with fitting smaller fuel cells and using Nascar style gas cans 🤔 F1 likes to over engineer and complicate things. The casual fans want drama, the teams want cost effective, and the drivers want safe and a smaller on board fuel load could make that happen. And for added fun make the fuel gage only visible from the side of the car so crews have to keep topped up or gamble on how much is left.

  • HavokR505
    HavokR505Acum 13 Zile

    whats more chaotic than the grid constantly shuffled because of fuel load?

  • HavokR505
    HavokR505Acum 13 Zile

    1. financially that probably sits around 1% of the budget so its a bad excuse 2. safety is a valid point but its still not rly a big deal its absolutely worth the risk. qualifying on race fuel load is such a crazy strategic option and if the whole point of F1 is managed risk vs the spectacle. I think refueling is more than worth it.

  • Matt 68
    Matt 68Acum 14 Zile

    I just want v8's back

  • margus kiis
    margus kiisAcum 14 Zile

    Only Schumacher fans want refueling back.

  • Rocka Boo
    Rocka BooAcum 14 Zile

    They don't refuel anymore? Wow I haven't watch F1 for a long time.

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    K mkAcum 14 Zile

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  • Luciano Arebalo
    Luciano ArebaloAcum 15 Zile

    F1 races are so boring, if it relies on bringing in new fans then having Hamilton win every race and having no real close matchups is the last thing new fans are gonna want, where’s the drama, action, stakes?

  • Chris Baker
    Chris BakerAcum 15 Zile

    I watched that race with the car going up in flames in his pit stop, and I watched the fuel hose incident and as far as I'm concerned they should NEVER allow refueling to be done in a race. Damn the expense, it isn't worth the possible injuries and deaths that might occur. The cars are safer than ever and why go back to something that is decidedly unsafe? I think that would be stupid. edit: Why do so many people who say they don't like F1 feel the need to even watch a video about one aspect of it? Dudes! Go watch something you like and quit dissing the racing I like. I suppose if I was dumb like them I could go watch a indy car race video and then make stupid comments about everything I think is wrong with it but no, I have better things to do. I will however spare a moment to make a rude comment about those big 4 wheel tanks that run around big ovals most of the time and refer to the organizations name as "NASCRASH" because I used to watch it, but they had so many stupid crashes especially with restricter plates that I quit watching. They used to be almost "stock" cars and that was fun because they were real cars just hopped up. Now they bare as much resemblance to the cars they are called as a Barrett sniper rifle does to a bb gun.

  • Gilles Grindel
    Gilles GrindelAcum 15 Zile

    The 2nd dumbest decision FIA have ever take is stoping the refueling for F1. The first was the end of sand and grass that made the mistake reparable. Since then, everybody has the same strategy. Everybody start with the same level of fuel. and races are boring and no one can really make a difference in the pits. Michael sprinting all race long in France to make 4 pit-stops when everybody made only 3 was so beautifull to watch even if I never like the man and it's something we wouldn't see again.

  • Christopher Guy
    Christopher GuyAcum 15 Zile

    It isn't confusing, they refuel in Indy Car, NASCAR, Just to name two. The pit stops are too predictable, I enjoy Indy Car where they change tyres, refuel and make adjustments to the car. You need to bring back the rule where you start with what you qualified on for the top ten, none of this using the rubber from Q2. The FIA could have every team use the same fuel rig as a cost savings measure.

  • ethan hunt
    ethan huntAcum 15 Zile

    if 75% of the races were boring back then that means now atleast 99% of the races are boring

  • Keith G
    Keith GAcum 15 Zile

    Really miss refuelling

  • Rodrigo Mesquita
    Rodrigo MesquitaAcum 16 Zile

    I didn't even know there was not refueling anymore on F1. I used to watch it with my dad but after moving out realised it's actually pretty boring most of the time.

  • AutoTempest.com
    AutoTempest.comAcum 16 Zile

    I'd like to see it if it could be done safely.

  • Capten Hook
    Capten HookAcum 16 Zile

    It would cost millions.... yeah when you over regulate the piss out of something it does cost millions. Nascar seems to get along fine with refueling.

  • Sarjeel Maharaj
    Sarjeel MaharajAcum 17 Zile

    It is better not to refuel it's costing the driver and the cars and don't forget what happens if the cars crash like how George Russell and Valltteri Bottas at Emilia Romagna Grand Prix both crushed in to the wall

  • dante dt
    dante dtAcum 17 Zile

    Refuelling was burned.

  • Carl Malone
    Carl MaloneAcum 17 Zile

    My conclusion...F1 still sucks.

  • Hamish pym
    Hamish pymAcum 18 Zile

    Refueling was banned in anticipation of eF1 and they didn’t want to have a race that went for 15 hours as the cars are recharged mid race.

  • red grozdanic
    red grozdanicAcum 18 Zile

    Me:f*ck u refuel

  • colin malone
    colin maloneAcum 19 Zile

    Pit stops today are just stupid done below 2 seconds no entertainment bring back refuelling and have 3 people, 1 for refuelling 1 for jacks 1 for wheels and it would bring back excitement and mistakes instead of Mercedes 1 and 2 nearly every week at the moment no point in having pitstops might have tyres that last whole race and also the pits are closed shite

  • Nick mag
    Nick magAcum 19 Zile

    I mean I refuel mi car everyday not that hard if I’m honest

  • twl197860
    twl197860Acum 19 Zile

    84 wasn't the only other time refueling was ban it was ban for a few years during the 70's oil crisis .

  • triynizzles
    triynizzlesAcum 20 Zile

    I don't get it how do they race without refueling LOL

  • Lucas Tekkan

    Lucas Tekkan

    Acum 9 Zile

    @triynizzles Well, doing some calculations, Cars can carry around 110 kg of Fuel, assuming 0,745 kg/l as the density of fuel, you get 147L of fuel. The common traveled distance for a GP in Silverstone is 306.2 km (190 miles, 52 laps). That would give us a consumption of 48L/100 km or 5 mpg (US) and 6 mpg (Imperial)

  • triynizzles


    Acum 9 Zile

    @Lucas Tekkan how many MPGs are races are like 200 mi right?

  • Lucas Tekkan

    Lucas Tekkan

    Acum 9 Zile

    @triynizzles Yep. 1.6L Turbocharged V6s. Formula 1 engineers are top notch

  • triynizzles


    Acum 9 Zile

    @Lucas Tekkan are they really? I'm an American so I've never watched but I'm fascinated

  • Lucas Tekkan

    Lucas Tekkan

    Acum 9 Zile

    The engines are efficient enough, the cars are also hybrids, so, there is that

  • Maikel Ozten
    Maikel OztenAcum 20 Zile

    did that woman have a goatee?

  • gary murphy
    gary murphyAcum 21 o Zi

    Because F1 is no longer the "ultimate/pinicle" motorsort. The rules are put there to slow cars down. Do you really think these teams are money straped. regards safety , these drivers are paid millions of pounds,if they dont want the danger , be a postman. Look at moto gp,those guys are heros. F1 is shite now, biggest ever waste of time DRS.

  • Ferdy Kurnia Triyuliananda

    Ferdy Kurnia Triyuliananda

    Acum 20 Zile

    Sadly it's only mostly popular in asian countries but still i respect every single rider in the championship for risking their lives either fighting for the championship and entertain people at home

  • Kyle Harrison
    Kyle HarrisonAcum 21 o Zi

    We need something like a formula 0. No restrictions, just make the fastest cars possible and race them

  • Ferdy Kurnia Triyuliananda

    Ferdy Kurnia Triyuliananda

    Acum 20 Zile

    You mean a Group B on Circuit?

  • Róbert Balázs Lőrincz
    Róbert Balázs LőrinczAcum 22 Zile

    Wasn't refueling primarily banned because of several accidents including Felipe Massa driving off with the fuel pipe detaching from its mount thus his car's fuel system was left open and the mentioned Verstappen Fuel Leak Fire incident? There are SEVERAL videos of that!

  • PG16
    PG16Acum 22 Zile

    Because a Verstappen will be on fire

  • Jorge Rueda
    Jorge RuedaAcum 22 Zile

    I believed this variable should be put back to race.

  • John Lucas
    John LucasAcum 22 Zile

    Man, I'm one of those that had no idea they don't refuel anymore! Also, I had no idea that they did bluffs about refueling before, given I was a kid back then.

  • papa bits
    papa bitsAcum 23 Zile

    Why does anyone Care? No one watches F1

  • Dr Villamizar Quintero
    Dr Villamizar QuinteroAcum 23 Zile

    Really? I didn’t know refueling was banned in F1, used to love F1 until mid 2000s

  • ZSU-23-4 Shilka
    ZSU-23-4 ShilkaAcum 23 Zile

    Probable reason refueling is banned in formula 1: faster pit stops

  • Stephen Brandon
    Stephen BrandonAcum 23 Zile

    Every form of racing refuels, except f1, why is refueling so much more expensive in f1?

  • charles klein
    charles kleinAcum 24 Zile

    Pit fires are the main reason they dont fuel during the race.

  • Alex G
    Alex GAcum 24 Zile

    Hello, pretty new to F1. I’m a tall guy, well over 6’. Just wondering how height impacts the sport, car design, and/or teams selecting drivers

  • TandemDawgBMG
    TandemDawgBMGAcum 24 Zile

    NASCAR doesn't seem to have this problem... Just saying, that being said, I don't watch NASCAR or F1 because they both suck.

    JNOIRAMCAcum 25 Zile

    if refueling cost time, why they don't make change fuel tanks

  • Oh I don't know

    Oh I don't know

    Acum 22 Zile

    @JNOIRAMC What do you suggest? Have it on the outside where it will be susceptible to crash damage, that would be intrinsically unsafe. Even if you put it on a roof rack you would still need to use a number of fixing points and dry break connectors to make and break the various feeds and returns needed. Sorry, the idea is unworkable.



    Acum 23 Zile

    if they can make it accessible, so they can change faster..

  • Oh I don't know

    Oh I don't know

    Acum 23 Zile

    Yes, taking the engine out, splitting th tub to get to the deeply embedded fuel tank would be so much faster.....

  • Chance.M
    Chance.MAcum 25 Zile

    For someone new to f1 where should I even start

  • Michael Monroe
    Michael MonroeAcum 25 Zile

    F1 will all be electric cars soon.

  • MrGrombie
    MrGrombieAcum 25 Zile

    How does NASCAR do it every week without complaining? And the fans love seeing solid pit teams there...

  • Oh I don't know

    Oh I don't know

    Acum 23 Zile

    NASCAR tanks tend to be at the rear, a little spillage wouldn't be a big issue. In F1 any spillage tends to end up over a very hot engine, that's never good. Add in that the tank itself is well away from the driver compared to F1 and I'd say the set up is very different.

  • JA914 AJ121
    JA914 AJ121Acum 26 Zile

    wait, they don't refuel anymore? so now they start the race in full tank? of how much liters? more than enough to finish a whole race? not really a die hard F1 fan here😅

  • murphyebass
    murphyebassAcum 26 Zile

    Bullshit that they banned it. F1 has unfortunately become faaaaar too safe. No excitement or drama.

  • ToxicMonsterZ
    ToxicMonsterZAcum 27 Zile

    So F1 cars drive around 70laps and don’t Need to refuel?

  • Andrew Asche
    Andrew AscheAcum 27 Zile

    Strategic overtakes are good but when mostly eliminated should have been replaced by overtakes on the circuit :P

  • Ivan Kouoham
    Ivan KouohamAcum 27 Zile

    Lewis forever the GOAT 🙌🏾

  • no
    noAcum 28 Zile

    Why don't they just refuel like Nascar?

  • Rio Ikhtiar
    Rio IkhtiarAcum 28 Zile

    Ngl, f1 is boring

  • Pedro Artur
    Pedro ArturAcum 29 Zile

    Why the fuel is in Kg and not Liters ? What are they fueling with ?

  • Oh I don't know

    Oh I don't know

    Acum 23 Zile

    It's more accurate. A litre of fuel at 10 degrees is a different mass than a litre of fuel at 30 degrees. When you purchase fuel at a filling station weights and measures have set the pump to deliver the number of litres at 15 degrees centigrade (UK) and the pump must do that or they may be charging you incorrectly. A filling station could store fuel at 30 degrees centigrade and make more money per litre of fuel. Wouldn't work in Scotland, it never gets that warm unless the building is on fire..... It's like any other system, the conditions must be as stated for the system to be accurate. Even measurement of length is dependant on temperature. 1 metre is only 1 metre at a set temp, the gauges used to determine this had to be stored carefully. Now they use the speed of light in a vacuum! The speed of sound, land speed records, is dependant on temperature and density of the air at the time of the run and it varies quite a bit.

  • mr s
    mr sAcum 29 Zile

    Nobody going to mention the environment effect of refueling?? Don't get me wrong I personally hate evs. I'm just saying this could've also been the reason for cancelling refueling.

  • Fahrbetrieb
    FahrbetriebAcum lună

    Banning refueling was for me the point, F1 startet to go downhill.

  • Wahyu Setiawan
    Wahyu SetiawanAcum lună

    You use kg to measure fuel?

  • D4Real
    D4RealAcum lună

    can someone explain this for me? If refueling was ever necessary in the first place, then it must mean that an entire full tank of fuel was not enough to finish a complete race, and thus the cars needed to get topped off at some point right? But now, refueling is not even allowed.... so are the engines getting a much higher efficiency per unit of fuel or are the races shorter now in order to allow the cars to finish a complete race without ever adding any fuel to the car?

  • Oh I don't know

    Oh I don't know

    Acum 23 Zile

    @D4Real You're welcome. If it was the only change you would have been correct but, this was part of a whole slew of changes.

  • D4Real


    Acum 23 Zile

    @Oh I don't know thanks for the info.. this makes sense

  • Oh I don't know

    Oh I don't know

    Acum 23 Zile

    They have changed the engine size considerably. 3.5 ltr was the norm, it changed with the turbo era to 1.5ltr with a turbo and 3ltr without. In the turbo era the engines often lasted only one race because they screwed so much power out of it and that power came through higher fuel burn rates. Now they use a 1.6 turbo and it is far more efficient than pervious set ups and they have a battery that gives about 80-bhp as well. The cares are a bit bigger as they carry a bit more fuel but, despite having smaller engines and having to make the engines last longer the cars are now far more reliable and faster than they were previously. F1 engineers are some of the best in the world.

  • Randy Gravel
    Randy GravelAcum lună

    F1 is unwatchable

  • what the dam
    what the damAcum lună

    Get rid of the rubbish hybrid engines and bring back the greatest sounding race cars