F1 » FIA: Reactive ride height control not legal

Bad news for Lotus and Ferrari as FIA says reactive ride height control system is not permissible.

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Buzz45 - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 4:43 PM

Obviously Lotus didn't get enough experts to look at the rule book. It's not a case of banning innovation at all. The rules are there to stop people cheating and to create a level playing field (impossible without equal finances!)If it was an aerodynamic aid which moves and isn't DRS or the front wing flap, then it's clearly illegal, simple!

Crazylegscrane - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 5:32 PM

The system Lotus designed to use this season was allegedly cleared by the FIA earlier in the month, which probably means a competitor has brought forward reasons why it is illegal and the FIA seem to have U turned on their decision.
Would I be cynical by saying Ferrari either didn't have a solution to this or were too late in adding it to this seasons car?javascript:insertTextCursor('comment',%20':?')


January 21, 2012 5:53 PM

crazy. yes, you are being totally cynical! ferrari already had a similar system submitted to the fia. merc were also working on it, rbr tried it in 2010 and dismissed it. the probable instigator therefore would be mclaren.

Calvin _

January 21, 2012 6:12 PM

Oh, why would richard highlight McLaren, oh yes, he doesn't like them. And of course, ferrari are lily white.

Putting aside team favourism, this is another example of the FIA not really knowing what they're doing. Having allegedly approved the Lotus system, they now realise what the system does and have u-turned. How much this has cost the teams I don't know, but in these days of cost restrictions, these stupid decisions do not help. Will the FIA refund teams costs since the date they approved the Lotus system, obviously not.

Flyingacedude - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 6:13 PM

I wonder where the line is for movable aerodynamic devices. Surely the front breaks will push the front end out the car down so could be considered a movable aerodynamic device.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 21, 2012 6:41 PM

Agreed with Richard on this one. Even Williams had alledgedly done some work on a system like this so maybe a team got left behind and a litle anxious.

Could also have been RBR themselves.


January 21, 2012 6:50 PM

What I don't understand is why if the FIA agrees when asked by a team that something is legal as reported in CRASH last week: "the devise (sic.), is approved by the FIA, the sports governing body"
Then surely they should allow at least 6 months use by that team. as it cannot be the teams fault but the FIA's fault.
As I read the original article Lotus were clear but Ferrari were waiting confirmation of their system.

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