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2014-07-18 10:02

FRIC SAGA ENDS: F1 teams have moved to remove the (now) controversial Fric suspension for the 2014 German GP on July 20. Image: AP/Jon Super

BERLIN, Germany - The Fric (Front to rear interconnected) suspension saga could be nearing an end, as it emerges every Formula 1 team has removed the controversial technology for the 2014 German GP at Hockenheim on Sunday (July 20).

Earlier in July, Wheels24 reported that it was unclear if all teams would heed the FIA's warning about the potential illegal system or lodge protests against rivals daring to continue to use the suspension.

With scrutineering complete at the Hockenheim track, the governing body's technical delegate Jo Bauer confirmed that "no car is fitted with a (Fric) system of any sort".


The only question now is whether some teams will be more affected by the Fric ban than others.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel admitted in Germany: "I hope it brings the field closer to Mercedes but it's difficult to say.

"I think it has to be seen this weekend and also probably next week in Hungary (July 2014 27). After those two races I think you can have another judgement."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso said he is not expecting the Fric saga to have a major impact on the pecking order: "I think little (effect) or nothing. It's like going from soft to medium compounds. You go slower, but as a driver it doesn't change much.  I think we'll be a couple of tenths slower."


Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo mused: "We need more like a second" to catch up with Mercedes.

However, Fric aside, Red Bull is hoping to gain from another new blend of fuel supplied by partner Total in Germany.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport said the power boost is in the range of one and a 0.5% or about 8KW.


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