FIA Threaten F1 teams with removal of suspension designs

Red Bull Racing suspension - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.
Red Bull Racing suspension - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

The FIA has warned Formula 1 teams that if they cannot prove their suspension systems provide aerodynamic gain as their primary purpose they could be requested to remove them.

Scuderia Ferrari had written to the FIA for clarification on the matter, not naming but likely hinting at the designs legally utilised by Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Red Bull Racing. These hydraulic systems have apparently been improved upon for this year, and Ferrari must consider it a threat to their championship challenge.

Following a discussion earlier this month that failed to rectify the situation or unite the teams’ beliefs, the FIA has now issued a technical directive intending to clarify any ambiguities.

The document outlines the criteria that the FIA will use to judge the legality of suspensions. It places a greater emphasis upon the aerodynamic performance that they provide.

The following characteristics will fail to comply:

  • Any system that changes how the car responds to body accelerations.
  • No direct coupling between the ride height function and the braking system or the steering system.
  • Right height control via self-levelling.
  • Direct coupling between the role and heave parts of the suspension.
  • The storing of energy for delayed deployment or any system that would result in non-incidental asymmetry in the response to changes in load applied to the wheels.
Mercedes suspension - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.
  • Robert Rick

    Uhhhh! That should hurt. The way I understand the Mercedes system, it does self adjust on track using stored energy for delayed deployment. Now it’s going to be exiting.

  • Dave

    you know what..Merc and Red bull are confident they will pass inspection because they took away their cheating system …and guess what it is showing up in testing times what an effect it has …

  • dave

    Merc has been circumventing rules and so has red bull…this system now may be legal because of changes they made to fall in line with it being legal. Would love to see if today’s system matches last race of the year in 2016 bet you it doesn’t