This is one of the best things about the new season – no more refuelling, grands prix are back to being proper grand prix races rather than a collection of short sprints.  Sure there’s still the ridiculous rule of having to use two different types of tyre in the race, but at least we’re a step closer…

As for fuel suppliers, you’d think that the refuelling ban would be a PR disaster, but with Shell V-Power and their historic relationship with Ferrari, it’s as far from a disaster as Gordon Brown is from being a comdian… at the 2009 British Grand Prix, Badger had a good natter with a lady by the name of Lisa Lilley who works for Ferrari with Shell as a fuel scientist and blimey, you wouldn’t believe how much there is to know about fuel (if you want to know more see here: Ferrari – they’ve got V-Power) – even with the refuelling ban for 2010, Lisa has been working damn hard to ensure Shell can deliver the best possible fuel to the Ferrari F1 cars.  As well as meeting the new 2010 fuel regulations, it would be handy if the fuel worked with the engine to ensure that the 2010 car is as economical as it is fast…. guess what, that’s exactly what they’ve done.   Have a gander at the video below:

One very exciting thing that this talk of refuelling being banned is that pit stops will now be around 3 seconds or less, which is almost incomprehendable, but Williams and Red Bull F1 teams have been quite vocal about sub-three second pit stops – it puts more pressure on the chaps changing the tyres, that’s for sure.