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Mercedes play down FRIC ban

If the ban on Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension systems was suppose to close the gap to Mercedes then you may have to think again.

As expected a unanimous decision regarding the current suspension systems could not be reached from the Formula One teams.

Which essentially means that Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension systems [known as FRIC], will be virtually banned with immediate affect starting at the German Grand Prix.

It's only a virtual ban as teams will be able to run their systems, but if they do, they will leave themselves open to protest from other teams.

Due to this, all teams have expressed their intention to not run the systems this weekend.

Rumours in the paddock suggested that whilst Formula One championship leaders Mercedes are likely to be the team worst hit by the removal of FRIC, it was not their closest rivals who would not agree a deal.

Instead it was the teams at the back of the grid who have opted to make things difficult for the top teams.

That said if the likes of Red Bull Racing, Williams and Ferrari closed the gap to Mercedes they certainly would have been pleased with the outcome.

Lewis Hamilton appeared in bullish mood regarding the loss of FRIC.

'I got really used to it [FRIC] this year but we drove in Silverstone without it, didn’t make no difference. So I feel really comfortable.” he told Sky Sports.

“I think it has less of an effect on a circuit like that [Silverstone] – on a slower circuit it makes a difference maybe – we’ll see [in practice]. But if everybody’s taking it off – I know everyone has it – everyone’s got something to lose I guess.”

Mercedes team-mate and Formula One World Championship leader Nico Rosberg added: “Everybody has it to some extent and it’s impossible to predict. It could have some influence but we will just have to wait and see what happens,”








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Date:Friday July 18 2014

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