McLaren set to remove FRIC at Hockenheim
15 July 2014 – McLaren has become the first Formula 1 team to confirm its stance over front-and-rear-interconnected (FRIC) suspension, stating that it currently plans to run without the system at the German Grand Prix.
The FIA's Charlie Whiting sent a letter to teams concerning the use of FRIC last week, with a ban coming as soon as this weekend's Hockenheim event unless they could unanimously agree to delay it until 2015.
Without a deal being reached, teams continuing to use FRIC would be at risk of protests from rivals that had removed it, while the FIA could inform the stewards that it deemed their cars to be in breach of the regulations.
Amid the uncertainty over which side teams would fall, McLaren has broken the silence by outlining its plan.
"McLaren does not currently intend to run a FRIC suspension system at the German Grand Prix," a McLaren spokesman explained to GPUpdate.net. "McLaren will comply with the FIA's rulings on the matter."
McLaren's move looks set to open the floodgates, with teams unlikely to stick with FRIC and risk a protest.
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