Lotus has agreed to make modifications to the suspension on its E21 chassis in time for the German Grand Prix, the next round on the 2013 Formula One World Championship.
According to Autosport’s Jonathan Noble, the issue apparently stems from the amount of suspension components that can be connected together for an upright.
Per F1’s technical regulations, “up to three suspension members may be connected together by titanium, aluminum alloy or steel components before their load is passed into the upright.”
Noble writes that it can be “suggested” that Lotus’ system has four members connected together, and that McLaren asked the FIA at the British Grand Prix about whether or not Lotus’ suspension was proper. But it appears that with Lotus’ decision to tweak its suspension, the matter has been settled.
Good news: Manor Grand Prix Racing Limited got a refund of an entry fee it paid to the FIA to run in this year’s F1 season.
Bad news: Manor still hasn’t run this year, and won’t be for the foreseeable future (especially as Manor’s former leadership staff is moving that team into FIA WEC’s new-look LMP1 class in addition to its LMP2 program).
Manor Group’s receivership outfit, Just Racing Services Limited, went into administration earlier this year. As there was no new buyer for the F1 team, Manor dropped from the 2017 grid before the season.
The FIA said it would return its entry fee to help Manor Group pay off outstanding debts.
It basically means nothing in the grand scheme of things since Manor missed out on 10th place in the constructor’s standings in 2016 and fell from the F1 grid as a result, but hey, it’s a goodwill gesture going into Thanksgiving this week.