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FRIC Suspension
07-15-2014, 12:20 AM
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FRIC Suspension
In the days and hours before scrutineering at Hockenheim, uncertainty reigns when it comes to F1′s new technical controversy.

The FIA’s Charlie Whiting has warned teams that unless they reach an unanimous decision regarding the controversial technology called ‘FRIC,’ the risk of protests in Germany and beyond will swirl around the paddock.

‘FRIC’ (front and rear interconnected) suspension system, is a complex, hydraulically controlled system that legally mimics active suspension.

It has become almost widespread on the F1 grid, and yet the reasons for the FIA’s sudden clampdown is the subject of intense speculation.

But at the end of the day, Whiting’s position has pushed the teams into a corner: agree, or allow the spectre of unpopular team protests to rule.

So in the past days, a concerted effort for unanimity has been taking place.

Russia’s F1news.ru reports that seven of F1′s eleven teams have unofficially committed to allowing ‘FRIC’ to remain until the end of the year, before it is banned from 2015.

Those teams are reportedly Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren, Marussia, Lotus and Williams.

That leaves Toro Rosso, Caterham, Sauber and Force India.

It is rumoured that, of the undecided teams, Force India does not even have a ‘FRIC’ system aboard its 2014 car.

Asked by Sky if the Silverstone based team will protest, Force India’s Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer said: “It depends if we’re running it or not.

“We’ll do what the majority want,” he added. “But it’s not about majority, it’s about unanimity.

“I think the likelihood of unanimous agreement is zero. There will be people out there that will say if the FIA think it should be banned then let’s do that.”

Meanwhile, a McLaren spokesman said: “As always, we’ll comply with whatever the FIA decides.”


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07-15-2014, 07:42 AM
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RE: FRIC Suspension
McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull are set to remove the FRIC systems from their cars for the German Grand Prix.

Last week the FIA wrote to all the teams informing them that the Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension (FRIC) systems contravened Article 3.15 of F1's Technical Regulations.

The sport's governing body, though, is keen to have the systems removed for the German race, but they need the green light from all 11 teams before they can go ahead with the ban

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07-15-2014, 08:27 AM
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(07-15-2014 07:42 AM)trickydicky Wrote:  The sport's governing body...

...but they need the green light from all 11 teams before they can go ahead with the ban

Does anyone else find those two phrases verging on the incompatible?

I know that an element of common-sense wriggle room is needed these days, and is welcome, but frankly you're either the governing body or the teams are.

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07-15-2014, 09:02 AM
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(07-15-2014 08:27 AM)drmarkf Wrote:  
(07-15-2014 07:42 AM)trickydicky Wrote:  The sport's governing body...

...but they need the green light from all 11 teams before they can go ahead with the ban

Does anyone else find those two phrases verging on the incompatible?

I know that an element of common-sense wriggle room is needed these days, and is welcome, but frankly you're either the governing body or the teams are.

Shouldn't it be the case that it's banned unless they get the green light from all 11 teams to change the rules and allow it?

I think even Christian Horner has said the teams shouldn't be involved in the rules.
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07-15-2014, 09:08 AM
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Badly written article. They need the teams agreement to let the current situation ride until next year, otherwise it will come into effect immediately.

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07-16-2014, 10:32 PM
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McLaren has become the first Formula 1 team to confirm intentions to remove its FRIC suspension system for the German Grand Prix.

The FIA offered to delay a move to get rid of FRIC from F1 until the start of next season, as long as all teams agreed, but hopes of a deal appear to have been dashed.

While a majority of outfits indicated last week they would support a push to keep FRIC in this season, other teams had reservations about doing so.

Without unanimous support, any team that ran with FRIC from the German GP risked being protested by any outfit that did not have it on its car.

Furthermore, the FIA could have notified event stewards that it believed cars running FRIC did not comply with the regulations.

Although the FIA has not published any official information about the status of the FRIC situation ahead of the German GP, McLaren revealed on Monday that it was settled on removing the suspension system from its cars.

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07-22-2014, 09:51 AM
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They had no hope of an agreement - finally the little teams that get crap money and kicked around had a chance to stick it to the big teams - of course they were going to take it!

Somebody was going to protest certainly - with Mercedes so far ahead they are all ready to take a shot at something that might break the Merc dominance.

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