Report: FRIC suspension ban not delayed, as teams fail to agree

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The front-and-rear interconnected suspension system, FRIC for short, has been in the news over the last few weeks as a ban on it was looming. The ban could shake up the pecking order on the F1 grid.

The potential of the ban being delayed until 2015 was possible; however, Autosport reported Tuesday that the 11 Formula One teams have failed to agree. The ones speaking up against the ban delay, reportedly, are some of the smaller teams.

Thus, it opens the potential to where teams can protest any organization who opt to run with the FRIC. Running the FRIC now could mean a team is in violation of the rules.

McLaren has confirmed it won’t run the FRIC system at this weekend’s German Grand Prix. Others may follow.

The FRIC system, in short, helps provide a more stable ride through the corners, and thus a better aerodynamic balance. Mercedes was first to introduce such a system back in 2011.

F1 2017 driver review: Max Verstappen

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Max Verstappen

Team: Red Bull Racing
Car No.: 33
Races: 20
Wins: 2
Podiums (excluding wins): 2
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 1
Points: 168
Laps Led: 133
Championship Position: 6th

Max Verstappen rise as a once-in-a-generation talent continued through the 2017 Formula 1 season, even if reliability issues meant we were made to wait for his best form to arrive.

Verstappen stole the show in a wet-dry Chinese Grand Prix by charging from 16th to seventh in the opening lap before ultimately finishing third for Red Bull, yet he would not grace the podium again until the Malaysian Grand Prix at the start of October.

A combination of power unit problems and on-track clashes saw Verstappen retire from seven of the 12 races in the intermittent period, with incidents in Spain and Austria being avoidable.

Perhaps most embarrassing of all was his stoppage due to a power unit failure in front of a grandstand swathed in orange at the Belgian Grand Prix, a race tens of thousands of Dutch fans had attended to cheer Verstappen on.

But when Verstappen got things right, it was – as he frequently quoted – simply, simply lovely. There was plenty left in the tank, as proven by his sheer domination of the races in Malaysia and Mexico as he took the second and third wins of his career.

Perhaps even more impressive was Verstappen’s victory over Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the qualifying head-to-head battle this year, an area the Australian has traditionally been strong in. Verstappen outqualifed his teammate 13-7 – it wasn’t even close…

All in all, Verstappen once again proved that on his day, he is one of the finest talents to grace F1 in recent years. With the right car underneath him next year, a title fight is certainly possible and will be the target – but there is always room for improvement.

And that is the scary part: Verstappen is only going to get better and better.

Season High: Dominating in Malaysia after an early pass on Lewis Hamilton.

Season Low: Crashing out on Lap 1 in Austria.