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Two top teams have admitted they considered lodging a protest against Mercedes at the German grand prix.
With the ‘Fric’ controversy now in the past, the issue that rankled behind closed doors at Ferrari and Red Bull followed Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying crash.
The only question now is whether some teams will be more affected by the Fric ban than others.
The ‘Fric’ saga could be nearing an end, as it emerges every F1 team has removed the controversial suspension technology ahead of the German grand prix weekend.
Jean Todt has revealed he is prepared to listen to any proposals to revise formula one’s rules.
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has been arguably the harshest critic of the sport’s ‘new’ era, but FIA president Todt insists F1 was right to bring in the greener, quieter V6 engines.
“Everyone has said that a Fric ban will hurt us most, but we want to prove that is not the case” – Wolff
Championship leader Mercedes will remove its sophisticated ‘Fric’ system from the dominant W05 car for the German grand prix.
Gene Haas proved his seriousness about entering formula one by paying a $20 million deposit.
That is the claim of F1 business journalist Christian Sylt, who told us the “more than $20m” deposit was paid at F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone’s request.
“That way you would know where you stand.”
The big question ahead of Hockenheim is whether any team will lodge a protest against rivals running ‘Fric’ suspension systems.
The word on everyone’s lips ahead of the German grand prix weekend is ‘Fric’.
In the days before scrutineering on Thursday, the biggest questions are: will teams continue to use the newly-controversial technology, and will their rivals lodge protests?
Legendary Ferrari designer Mauro Forghieri has a couple of simple suggestions to spice up formula one.
Amid a dwindling television audience in 2014, most of the blame has fallen on the brand new engine rules, with smaller, quiet turbos replacing the screaming V8s of the past.
“We obviously have a lot of work to do”
The distinctive nose at the front of Caterham’s 2014 car could be the popular victim of a development push by the backmarker team.
F1 is not mandating titanium be fitted underneath next year’s cars solely to create sparks, the governing body insists.
After tests on a couple of cars were carried out during Austrian grand prix practice last month, the FIA has now committed to introducing new rules for 2015.
McLaren was the driving force behind F1′s controversial move to introduce grid restarts next year.
Following criticisms of the change, namely that it is unfair or even unsafe, race director Charlie Whiting revealed recently: “First of all it has to be remembered that this was the suggestion from a team.
‘Fric’, or front and rear inter-connected, is a complex, hydraulically controlled system
In the days and hours before scrutineering at Hockenheim, uncertainty reigns when it comes to F1′s new technical controversy.
Pirelli can be ready to supply low-profile tyres to formula one teams by 2016.
That is the claim of the Italian supplier’s F1 chief Paul Hembery, in the wake of the test of the first 18-inch prototype at Silverstone last week.
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“The motives of McLaren and Ferrari are obvious”
Niki Lauda has played down the effect the removal of the complex ‘Fric’ system will have on F1′s dominant team. The triple world champion is also the F1 chairman at Mercedes, who along with Red Bull are considered the teams most affected by the FIA’s questioning of the legality of systems that mimic active suspension.
Lauda called on the FIA to take a precise position on the legality of the system.
Mercedes will remove the complex ‘Fric’ system from its dominant F1 car ahead of next weekend’s German grand prix.
Lewis Hamilton left Silverstone without making a single comment to the media after testing on Wednesday.
He might have been advised to steer a wide course around the ‘Nico Rosberg is not German’ controversy. But there could be another issue he – and Mercedes – were keen to swerve.
If the latest developments are any indication, Mercedes’ dominance might not last for too long.
Last year, we reported that a secret under the skin of the silver car is ‘Fric’ — standing for ‘front and rear interconnected’.
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