No teams running FRIC for German GP

By on Thursday, July 17, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

The FIA has confirmed that no team is using FRIC [Front and Rear Interconnected Suspension] on their cars at this weekend's German Grand Prix.

FRIC has been in use in Formula 1 for several seasons but the FIA has decided that the system could now be challenged by rival teams and deemed illegal, ahead of this weekend's race at Hockenheim.

"I can confirm that no car is fitted with a front to rear linked suspension system of any sort," read a statement released by FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer following preliminary scrutineering at Hockenheim.

It is not yet known what effect the removal of the device will have on the competitive order at this weekend's race, although many anticipate that the front running teams, such as Mercedes, have a far more developed system than smaller rivals.

Drivers gave differing opinions on the impact the removal of the system will have in the sport.

"It is a system that has been on Formula 1 cars for some years and there is not a big implication in terms of driving style or anything that can change the behaviour of the car," said Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"The thought of it is nice - that maybe Mercedes had a really trick system and will lose out more than us," added Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

"But we'll see what really happens on track.

"In saying all that, I don't think it's going to be a change that will cost a second in lap time. I think it will be a tenth or two tenths."

Conversely, Williams's Valtteri Bottas, who finished the British Grand Prix in second place, believes that his squad could benefit.

"You never know how developed the systems of the others are and they’re complicated systems," he said. "Our guess is that some of the big teams have better developed systems than us, suggests that for us there may be less penalty for us than others, but it’s difficult [to know]."

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