Sergio Pérez Sceptical 2021 Formula 1 Regulation Changes will See Closer Racing

by Paul Hensby

Sergio Pérez is worried that the planned regulation changes in 2021 could see gaps between those at the front and the midfield widen, rather than close up as Formula 1 bosses are hoping will happen.

The Racing Point F1 Team driver is concerned that the regulation changes will be more beneficial to those currently at the front of the grid more than it would to the other teams, with Pérez waiting to find out just what the new rules will bring to the racing.

“The more we change, the more advantage that we give to the bigger teams to create the gap that we are all worried about,” Pérez is quoted as saying by FoxSports.com.au.

“We will see what we are able to bring as a sport for 2021.”

One of the options under consideration for 2021 is a return to Formula 1 of refuelling, which previously was a part of the sport between 1994 and 2009.  FIA President Jean Todt has suggested it would be good to see it back in as part of the new regulations.

“Cars are probably becoming a bit too heavy,” Todt said during the British Grand Prix weekend. “That is something we discussed. 

“I am pushing for analysing what it would mean if we reintroduced refuelling.  Because if you reintroduce refuelling then you will have lighter cars at the start of the race and you can have smaller cars.

“When I hear it will be more expensive it makes me smile.  When I see the size of the motor homes I don’t think it is the price that will be the killer to introducing it.”

However, Pérez is sceptical that a return to refuelling would spice up the on-track action, believing that all the spectators want is good racing regardless of whether cars are heavy or light with fuel, although he does acknowledge that it opens up more strategic options.

“That will be a good thing for the race, but I think if you have this spread in the field, will it change anything? I don’t think so,” admits the Mexican.  “I think [the cars] are on the heavy side, especially when you start the race at 100 kilos [of fuel], it can be a bit too heavy.

“But I’ve been doing this for the last nine years with this level of car, I think all the issues come down to the show that we’re able to put on. Spectators want to see a good show. They’re not that concerned if it’s with five kilos or 100 kilos.”

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