Formula 1 bosses have agreed to re-introduce refuelling for the 2017 season in an attempt to make the sport more exciting. The last time refuelling was permitted in Formula 1 was 2009.

Along with refuelling, there will be higher revving and louder engines as well as changes aiming to make the cars “five to six seconds a lap faster” according to the governing body, the FIA.

In 2016, teams will also have free choice of the four tyre compounds for each race after getting team bosses approval.

The changes will still need to be approved by two further legislative stages; the F1 commission, and the next meeting of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council which will take place in Mexico in July.

These changes to spice up the show of Formula 1 were agreed on Thursday at a meeting of the Formula 1 Strategy Group, which is made up of FIA president Jean Todt, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone and representatives from Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, Williams and Force India.

A verdict over the new-era power units was also reached, with the turbo hybrid engines and fuel flow restrictions remaining stable. This will give potential new engine manufacturers clarity if they’re interested in entering the sport.

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