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Paddy Lowe disagrees with the idea that a ban on mid-race refuelling will create dull races next year. The McLaren Engineering Director holds the opinion that, due to the unknown affects of heavy fuel loads on Bridgestone's current tyres, drivers may still make several pit-stops during Grands Prix.
For the 2005 season only, Formula One saw tyre changes banned during races, meaning drivers were often forced to nurse home cars with some exciting finishes as a result; next season, half a decade on, pit-stops will be the opposite of Fernando Alonso's first title-winning season as refuelling is banned during races.
"It's a very big change actually and one that's taken an awful lot of effort from all the team to manage, whether that's from the literal design of the fuel tank in the car through to the crashworthiness of the car, through to the strategy," Lowe explained to the official F1 website.
"The races, I believe, will pan out very differently next year. Some are saying less interestingly. I'm not convinced. I think there are reasons to expect fresh interest. The cars will be very different in weight between the start of a race and the end - at the moment it's just a linear increase of lap time when you add weight; we will move into the domain where you have a car that is a completely different machine when you add 160 kilos of fuel to it.
"The other factor will be the tyres. Currently Bridgestone are saying that the tyre will be rated for 200 kilometres (125 miles). It's not clear what would happen if you ran it for longer than that. The races are obviously 300 kilometres (185 miles), so there will be some interest in how people choose to deploy different tyres; and we shouldn't rule out the point that the regulations, unlike when we had no refuelling before (pre-1994), do require one tyre change - you've got to run Option (softer compound) and Prime (harder compound).
"It's not impossible that the design of the tyres would make it advantageous to change more than that. People are assuming it will only be one change, but it could well be that the tyres degrade sufficiently to need more than just one stop, certainly at some races."
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