F1 » FIA clarifies F1 ride-height regulations

As McLaren points the finger of guilt at title rival Red Bull Racing, F1's governing body the FIA has made it very clear that any adjustable ride-height device designed 'to change the set-up of the suspension whilst the car is under parc fermé conditions' is strictly illegal

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April 08, 2010 6:40 PM

@Whitmarsh, as a J.B. fan(not my favorite) I guess all I can say is "sucks being you" get with the program! There is nothing worse then listening to someone gripe about something they may or may not have thought about "cry foul". And now if it is determined to be legal(which we all know it will be) say we have alot of catching up to do. C'mon kid look, listen, implement! Stop whining! :p

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April 08, 2010 6:57 PM

@spaghettieddie ...dude way to even read the dam article it says that the FIA clarified that any alteration to the ride height after parc ferme is illegal... read before posting...2nd whitmarsh said that before last australian gp they just copied and pasted it in their for a larger article.


April 08, 2010 7:11 PM

The FIA talks about Parc Ferme conditions. So by that rule, it would be ok if you can change the suspension setup after the race has started.

I could imagine a system whereby you release a preset amount of gas from the system, for example on the first bit of straight that you hit after the lights go green. With a push on a button.

Likewise you could pump some gas back with the push of a button when the fuel gets burned off halfway.

Or is that moving aero territory?


April 08, 2010 7:26 PM

sasha. the parc ferme rules are very relevant. cars in qualifying run light as possible. but fuel has to be added for a full race distance, after quali., but if the car is set up low for quali, it will be scraping the ground when fuel is added. i would imagine that a ratchet system for lowring the car, at the tyre change, would be legal, as is adjusting the front wing. maybe the two could be interconnected.


April 08, 2010 8:51 PM

So why did Red Bull have people standing behind the cars on the grid at the last race blocking any views of the car? Views that are easily seen during the previous practice & qualifying sessions. If after parc ferme conditions they drive the car out to the the grid and then a system on board either mechanical/hydraulically or electrically changes the ride height then there's something in it. But to be sure the FIA would have to check the exact system in detail after first being told what the particular system is that needs checking, and clever people can hide things very easily. Has anyone taken pic's of the Red Bulls in qualifying and then at the start of the race to measure ride heights?

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