We Should ‘copy the road car’ and ‘bring active suspensions back’ – Boullier


Damon Hill - Williams FW15C - 1993 - Credit: Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited
Damon Hill - Williams FW15C - 1993 - Credit: Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited

At a time when Scuderia Ferrari are asking for the removal of ‘trick’ suspensions, Eric Boullier would like to see the return of active suspensions.

‘Trick’ suspensions are used by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Red Bull Racing. The system adjusts the car’s ride height and produces greater downforce levels in corners through the use of a third suspension element.

Active suspensions have been banned from the paddock since 1994, but are now finding themselves a topic of discussion between the FIA and F1’s technical directors.

“Suspension, it’s a funny topic,” he told Autosport. “We should maybe one day stop it and copy the road car, which is to bring active suspension back, because at least it will close the debate.

“Today, everything is subject to the interpretation of the regulation and then you can push for one concept, which you can see can be differently interpreted from another one.

“This is why Ferrari is trying to push its opinion or interpretation being valid by the FIA. We’re in the middle of this and actually, most of the teams have contacted us over this topic.

“Ferrari has a different interpretation of what can be done and they try to push their opinion through which obviously does not please some other teams.”