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Ferrari and Williams Have Benefited Most from the Formula 1 FRIC Ban

Before the German Grand Prix in July, the FIA, Formula One's governing body, announced a ban on the front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) systems used by the teams to generate more downforce and maintain stability under braking and cornering. The announcement was a surprise for a few reasons. First, the FIA under current president Jean Todt has been preaching cost control for F1. Midseason changes to the regulations, necessitating redesigns for the cars, do anything but minimize costs. Second, there was no apparent safety issue that triggered the change. In 2013, a number of high-speed tyre blowouts (and lots of complaining from Red Bull) led to Pirelli changing their tyre specifications in the middle of the year. There are no su...

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