As has been reported by many people (many, many, many people) the FIA is looking to ban the front and rear interconnected suspension system. Why did they do this? Well, first I need to explain exactly what it is first.
Basically it is a system that keeps the cars’ ride heights as stable as possible, using hydraulics and witchcraft. Technically it is only supposed to work to keep the front and rear ride heights as similar as possible through the corners. TECHNICALLY. One team (definitely not Mercedes AMG Petronas) has accused another (probably Mercedes AMG Petronas) of advancing the system to also work left to right. According to Charlie Whiting, FIA race director, the system’s primary use is now aerodynamic, which makes the whole system illegal for everyone!
Well sort of. Mr. Whiting views the system as illegal, but it hasn’t actually been banned yet. The teams have an opportunity to push the ban to the start of the 2015 season, but that’s probably not going to happen. For the ban to be pushed back there needs to be a unanimous vote, and that’s not going to happen. Force India doesn’t use a FRIC system, so if it’s banned they don’t lose anything, and if someone violates the ban and is excluded from the results Force India could definitely benefit. Caterham and Sauber could close the gap between them and Marussia, who are on the bleeding edge of suiting the system to their car.
Who looks to lose the most from the ban? Well, according to lederhosen model Valtteri Bottas
“Yes! Maybe some teams could be more affected than us, I would say.”
So there you have it. Mercedes could come back to the pack (in Germany of all places) because their suspension control system will be banned because at least three teams have no reason to not ban it. And also a Valtteri Bottas quote to boot.
The German Grand Prix will be happening on July 20 at Hockenheim. You can watch it on CNBC starting at 6:00 AM (Mountain), or on the internet somewhere. The choice is yours.
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