FRIC agreement fails, Germany to be ground zero on decision

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As we mentioned in our podcast, the FIA have taken a distant stance on the FRIC issue swirling in Formula 1. The issue at hand is that FIA race director, Charlie Whiting, feels the systems could be in breach of the regulations and intimated that the FIA would be willing to delay a ban on the devices until 2015 but that would require unanimous consent from all teams involved.

As AUTOSPORT reveals today, that unanimity is not likely to happen—nor did we think it would—and McLaren’s announcement yesterday that they would enter the German Grand Prix this weekend without the FRIC system added fuel to the fire.

It seems that, as we mentioned, the small teams will not be too keen to agree to a delay on the ban and this could—I use the word “could” here—impact Mercedes as some have suggested their FRIC system is very integrated and the car is very reliant on it for its performance. As with all assumption, that may be wishful thinking amongst all 20 cars that are eating Merc’s dust right now.

The FIA said:

“We have not yet got, nor do we expect to get, the agreement of all teams to the proposed amnesty,” an FIA spokesperson said.

What do you think? If they go to Germany with a FRIC system on the car, surely one team will protest and the Stewards will have to make a call. They will know that Charlie Whiting is looking to ban the system in 2015 at least and feels they contravene the regulations. Will it impact Mercedes or any other teams performance?

PS-  a “proposed amnesty”? Really? What an odd choice of words. What about proposed delay on system ban? Why load the issue with challenging words if you were willing to simply let it go until 2015? At first the FIA said it may violate regulations and then they said the prime mover for the decision was runaway costs…well, which is it? now you’re using words like “proposed amnesty” on something as banal as a regulation change for 2015 banning the use of FRIC. Really FIA? Check a dictionary next time.

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