You’ll recall the issue that Ferrari raised with TIA technical boss Charlie whiting about the pre-loaded suspension systems? Yes? Well that seems to have caused a bit of a stir amongst teams and according to a report at Autosport, the players are not all in agreement as to what to do about these trick suspension systems.
The reports says that the teams have failed to reach an agreement on the legality of the suspensions and therefore, it could be up to Whiting to make a clarification ruling ahead of the first winter test.
A technical meeting(s) took place last week amongst team engineers and it seems there was not consensus amongst them. Ferrari’s letter to the FIA attempting to clarify the FRIC suspension systems as well as the pre-loaded start systems were under the guise of ensuring their new trick systems would not run afoul of the FIA regulations but, in my opinion, what they really did was pin the FIA down to a more clarified position on the matter in which to protest other teams’ usage of the systems.
Now that the issues have been brought to light, the teams will be forced to address it or risk showing up in Australia in 40 days with a system that that FIA deems illegal. According to the report, the meetings discusses several ways in which to approach the issue including a use of conventional suspension systems, a switch to active suspension or no restrictions on the current hydraulic concept.
This leaves Charlie Whiting the unenviable task of offering a more definitive clarification on the matter which he is expected to do over the next couple of weeks.
Hat Tip: Autosport