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Report: FRIC suspension ban not delayed, as teams fail to agree

Jul 15, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

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The front-and-rear interconnected suspension system, FRIC for short, has been in the news over the last few weeks as a ban on it was looming. The ban could shake up the pecking order on the F1 grid.

The potential of the ban being delayed until 2015 was possible; however, Autosport reported Tuesday that the 11 Formula One teams have failed to agree. The ones speaking up against the ban delay, reportedly, are some of the smaller teams.

Thus, it opens the potential to where teams can protest any organization who opt to run with the FRIC. Running the FRIC now could mean a team is in violation of the rules.

McLaren has confirmed it won’t run the FRIC system at this weekend’s German Grand Prix. Others may follow.

The FRIC system, in short, helps provide a more stable ride through the corners, and thus a better aerodynamic balance. Mercedes was first to introduce such a system back in 2011.

  1. cartdude2 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Unless there is a safety issue I do not agree with mid-season rule changes. All this does is create another money pit for the teams to find other ways around the new rule.

  2. seabassfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    If I had to guess I’d say this is Caterham’s response to the big teams not implementing spending caps. If I was a little guy getting screwed over I’d look for any chance to do the same thing right back.

  3. techmeister1 - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    First people need to understand that the way things are right now, the rules are NOT being changed until 2015. Without all 11 teams agreeing to impose the ban immediately, nothing has changed in regards to the rules. What has changed as far as the teams are concerned is that if your FRIC system is outside the rules then a protest by another team can cost you your points and race results.

    It has been implied that Sauber is one of the teams who’s FRIC system might not be legal. This would explain why a “smaller team” may have objected to the immediate ban. More than likely the big teams have already figured out how to compensate for the loss of their FRIC system as they expected them to be banned before now.

    • cartdude2 - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      The potential of the ban being delayed until 2015 was possible; however, Autosport reported Tuesday that the 11 Formula One teams have failed to agree.

  4. bryangus - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    The reading comprehension here needs some work. The did not all agree to postpone the ban. Thus it is essentially in force now. Meaning anyone running with FRIC this weekend could be protested against by another team and thus be penalized. Force India is thought to not have a FRIC system, and considering their results this year, if they don’t have one then you can imagine why they would want it banned. When the few teams in front of them suddenly loose that edge Force India becomes a point scoring machine.

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