Hamilton plays down FRIC removal
17 July 2014 – Lewis Hamilton says he is not expecting much of a difference to the handling of his Mercedes after the removal of front-and-rear-interconnected (FRIC) suspension for this weekend's German Grand Prix.
Last week, FIA Race Director and Technical Delegate Charlie Whiting sent a letter to Formula 1 teams informing them that FRIC could be challenged from the Hockenheim event, after a study of designs up and down the grid.
And in the wake of failed attempts to agree on a pact, whereby teams would refrain from protesting for the remainder of the season, a number of outfits – including Mercedes – have chosen to remove the system.
But Hamilton is confident that he will still have a strong package for this weekend's Hockenheim event.
"I don't think much at all," said Hamilton, when asked how much he expects his car to change.
"We may lose some time this weekend, but if everyone is taking it off then they will probably lose the same."
Hamilton reckons teams will face few challenges in adapting their cars for the 2015 campaign.
"For next year I think everyone will have to adapt the set-up a little bit. But with the simulator and all the simulation settings, we should have a good starting point," the 2008 World Champion explained.
Hamilton heads into the weekend four points behind team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.