Championship leader Mercedes
will remove its sophisticated 'Fric' system from the dominant W05 car for the German grand prix. It is understood other teams - including Red Bull, McLaren
, Force India
, Toro Rosso and Caterham - are also preparing to run without the hydraulically-controlled suspension aid at Hockenheim.
That is because they fear some rivals might lodge official protests against the technology, following the FIA's announcement that 'FRIC' might in fact be contrary to the technical regulations. But it is believed the system aboard Mercedes' silver car, which has won eight of the nine races so far in 2014, is perhaps the most sophisticated of all, and worth up to half a second per lap.
Still, "It makes no sense to complain," boss Toto Wolff
told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport on Wednesday. "Whether it (banning FRIC) makes sense during the season is a moot point. I have my personal opinion, but it doesn't matter. We need to analyse all of the data very carefully in order to be best prepared for the change. Everyone has said that a FRIC ban will hurt us most, but we want to prove that is not the case," Wolff added.
Auto Motor und Sport claims Mercedes conducted trials without 'FRIC' aboard the car at the recent Silverstone test. "The difference between 'with Fric' and 'without FRIC' is not so great," championship leader Nico Rosberg
insists. "For sure you notice it, but other teams have also been using it this season. I don't even want to think about it too much. I have the fastest car and I want to win at Hockenheim," the German added. (GMM)
Sebastian Vettel believes that Lewis Hamilton is the greatest driver of their era and reveals what he said to the Bri...
17 Nov 2020 11:34
Carlos Sainz believes that this year’s mildfierd battle is the tightest he has ever experienced in the last cou...
11 Nov 2020 18:29
Formula 1 has announced today morning its calendar for season 2021 ahead of Turkish Grand Prix.
The next year&r...
10 Nov 2020 16:19
Lewis Hamilton believes that winning the teams' title with Mercedes feels better than winning the drivers' ti...
05 Nov 2020 18:44