Boullier rubbishes claims McLaren pushed for FRIC ban
Eric Boullier has rubbished suggestions that McLaren was the main team to push for the FRIC suspension system ban.
The Frenchman, who joined the Woking-based outfit as race director at the start of the year, admitted that the team’s system was not as advanced as its rivals.
FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting sent a letter to the teams last week stating that the system was in breach of the regulations and could be challenged at the Hockenheimring, prompting all 11 outfits to remove FRIC.
“Clearly that was bulls**t,” he said when asked about the suggestions. “We never ever talked to the FIA before the TD (technical directive) was released. So this rumour is completely wrong.
“Who started the rumour? Obviously it’s someone who needed to find an excuse because he failed maybe somewhere. McLaren has never been talking to the FIA before we get the TD like the others.”
Commenting on McLaren’s version of the device, he added: “Our FRIC system was not as extreme maybe as some other teams and don’t forget that if the FIA decided to stop it there was a reason why.
“Our FRIC was designed to help the ride height and the driver of the car, rather than something else.”
McLaren is currently sixth in the constructors’ standings with 90 points, one behind Force India. The team’s drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button will start today’s German Grand Prix in fourth and 12th.
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