Mercedes to run without FRIC at Hockenheim

Mercedes W05 suspension

Mercedes W05 suspension

Formula 1 World Championship leaders Mercedes are taking no risks this weekend and will remove the sophisticated FRIC suspension system from the dominant W05 for the German Grand Prix.

It is understood that 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 that 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 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.

AM&S claim that 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)