Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Silverstone test, 2014

FRIC ban would hit Mercedes hardest – Chilton

F1 Fanatic Round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Silverstone test, 2014In the round-up: Max Chilton expected a ban on Front Rear Inter-Connected suspension systems would be particularly bad for Mercedes.


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Max: FRIC ban will hurt Merc (Sky)

“I hear the Mercedes system is very complicated so it could affect them more.”

FIA keen to clampdown on FRIC (ESPN)

Eric Boullier: “I think most of the teams, if not all the teams on the grid, are using this kind of suspension system, which connects the vehicle dynamics better. Some teams may have been extreme [with their design], this is maybe why the FIA is questioning the legality of the system.”

Shareholder says Ecclestone drove hard bargain over F1 sale (Reuters)

“‘At no point did he ever say that he expected that he would remain chief executive,’ [CVC chairman Donald] Mackenzie told the court, his words translated into German by an interpreter.”

Test reduction bad for F1 – de la Rosa (Autosport)

“I feel if a tennis player cannot train every day and then suddenly you are thrown into the final of Wimbledon against [Novak] Djokovic, how would you feel?”

Wheels roll at Silverstone on future of F1 tires (CNN)

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: “From what I’ve seen and heard people seem to quite like the [18-inch wheels] idea. Most people said it looked quite modern – it didn’t look strange.”

Jules Bianchi Q&A: It is always good to drive a Ferrari! (F1)

“Q: You had a good benchmark after driving here over the weekend and yesterday with Marussia – how do the cars compare?
JB: It [the Ferrari] obviously has more downforce here, this we know already. So it is better in the high-speed corners. We cannot really compare because it’s a bit of a different day, the wind was a bit different today, we didn’t really use the same tyres, the same fuel loads, so it is difficult to compare. But what I could feel is that the downforce was higher.”

Rosberg tells Hamilton: ‘I’m 100 per cent German’ (The Telegraph)

“When asked whether he was a German as Hamilton was British, Rosberg candidly replied: ‘Not really because I didn’t grow up in Germany, but I consider myself 100 per cent German.'”

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso Alonso-Vettel duel F1 at its best – McNish (BBC)

“The stewards decided to be lenient, and I think that was the right call because it allowed the racing to continue.”


Comment of the day

Pirelli’s plan for lower profile tyres has provoked a lot of interested discussion – but it would come at a cost.

The sidewall of the tire acts as a part of the suspension when it flexes and I’m sure that is taken into consideration when the cars are designed. So I don’t think changing to the larger wheel and low profile tyre is as simple as bolting them on, as it will probably require major suspension changes.

So how does this fit into the cost cutting measures?

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