user icon
user icon

'Zero' chance of unanimous FRIC agreement - Force India

  • Published on 14 Jul 2014 09:30
  • comments 0
  • By: Rob Veenstra
In the days and hours before scrutineering at Hockenheim, uncertainty reigns when it comes to F1's new technical controversy. The FIA's Charlie Whiting has warned teams that unless they reach an unanimous decision regarding the controversial technology called 'FRIC', the risk of protests in Germany and beyond will swirl around the paddock.

'FRIC', or front and rear inter-connected, is a complex, hydraulically controlled system that legally mimics active suspension. It has become almost widespread on the F1 grid, and yet the reasons for the FIA's sudden clampdown is the subject of intense speculation. But at the end of the day, Whiting's position has pushed the teams into a corner: agree, or allow the spectre of unpopular team protests to rule.

So in the past days, a concerted effort for unanimity has been taking place. Russia's f1news.ru reports that seven of F1's eleven teams have unofficially committed to allowing 'FRIC' to remain until the end of the year, before it is banned from 2015. Those teams are reportedly Ferrari, Red Bull, Mercedes, McLaren, Marussia, Lotus and Williams. That leaves Toro Rosso, Caterham, Sauber and Force India.

It is rumoured that, of the undecided teams, Force India does not even have a 'FRIC' system aboard its 2014 car. Asked by Sky if the Silverstone based team will protest, chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer said: "It depends if we're running it or not. We'll do what the majority want," he added. "But it's not about majority, it's about unanimity. I think the likelihood of unanimous agreement is zero. There will be people out there that will say if the FIA think it should be banned then let's do that."

Meanwhile, a McLaren spokesman told us: "As always, we'll comply with whatever the FIA decides." (GMM)

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
See full schedule
show sidebar