What the FRIC is going on? Confusion ahead of German GP

There is FRIC in there somewhere....

There is FRIC in there somewhere….

In the days leading up to scrutineering for the German Grand Prix, at Hockenheim, uncertainty reigns when it comes to Formula 1’s new technical controversy – FRIC – to remove or not to remove, that is the question.

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 (front and rear inter-connected, is a complex) hydraulically controlled system that legally mimics active suspension.

It has become widespread on the Formula 1 grid, and yet the reason 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.

Scrutineering in Germany should be interesting

Scrutineering in Germany should be interesting

Russia’s Formula 1news.ru reports that seven of Formula 1’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 reported 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 that 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)