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GP Week : Issue 206
F1 >>> news no penalty for mercedes change of brake brands Lewis Hamilton’s brilliant drive from 20th to third at Hockenheim was not without its controversies and following his podium finish, other teams revealed that they had considered protesting the Mercedes-Benz team over its change of brakes. Hamilton started last on the grid after taking a gearbox penalty after his Qualifying crash on Saturday, which registered 30G on the G-meter. But eyebrows were raised when, as a part of the team’s rebuild of his W05 Hybrid, they changed brands of brakes. What came out of the incident was an insight into how different Hamilton and Nico Rosberg like their cars. It was reported that before Qualifying Hamilton made a late decision to swap from Carbon Industrie to Brembo brake discs, and it was one of the latter than the team fingered as the cause of his crash. But then, following a change on Hamilton’s car back to Carbone Industrie discs, it was reported that Rosberg also elected to make a similar change to his rear brakes, after having run different brands on Saturday. The FIA met with Mercedes management and determined that the change of brand was within the rules. F1 Sporting Regulations state that a team is allowed to change a part that is “similar in mass, inertia and function to the original” without penalty. As a result, Hamilton avoided having to start the race from the pitlane of breaching parc ferme regulations. The cars’ braking performance were likely to be somewhat compromised by the non-use of FRICS, though Hockenheim is not considered to be especially heavy on cars’ brakes, with four of its seven braking ‘events’ classified as ‘heavy’ by brake suppliers. ABOVE: Mercedes switched brake disc brands for qualifying but, after Lewis Hamilton's brake-failure-related crash, switched back – many rivals thought that was against the rules. All of Formula 1’s teams ran in Germany with their cars’ FRICS – Front-and-Rear Interconnected Suspension – systems deactivated. The action came after a letter from F1 technical delegate Charlie Whiting informed the teams of his opinion that FRICS was illegal, because it contravened Article 3.15 of F1’s technical regulations, which bans moveable aerodynamic devices. In his correspondence, Whiting wrote: “Having now seen and studied nearly every current design of front to rear linked suspension system we, the FIA, are formally of the view that the legality of all such systems could be called into question.” Following pre-race scrutineering at Hockenheim, FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer announced: “I can confirm that no car is fitted with a front to rear linked suspension system of any sort.” Had any team broken ranks and run the system, there was a chance that protests may have caused chaos after the race. frIcs and specs at BrieFly » The ongoing trial involving Bernie Ecclestone in Munich has been extended. The trial, over bribes Ecclestone is alleged to have paid to German banker Gerhard Gribkowsky, had been expected to wind up in September, but presiding judge Peter Noll has now booked hearing dates through to mid-October. » The career of Sir Jack Brabham will be honoured later this month at the Silverstone Classic. The 25-27 July event will feature a number of Brabham’s cars, most notably the BT24 he raced in 1966 to be driven by his youngest son David. He will be joined by dozens of other drivers including Sir Stirling Moss, who will drive a Maserati 250F similar to the one Sir Jack drove at Silverstone in 1956. » James Garner died over the weekend. The American actor, 86, had experienced ill-health since suffering a stroke six years ago. Garner is fondly remembered within the sport for his role as Pete Aron in Grand Prix, the F1 movie made in 1966. After intensive training, Garner drove in many of the movie’s scenes, though his racing ‘double’ was Chris Amon (see The Moment, next page), whose helmet colours Garner carried. Coincidentally, Garner’s passing was announced on Amon’s 71st birthday. GPWEEK director Keith Sutton was a great fan and met Garner (below) ... way, way back in the late 70s ... 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: