Mercedes lobbying for return of active suspension in F1


Mercedes is reportedly pushing for active suspension systems to be allowed once again in Formula 1.

Last year, before the 2017 got underway, the FIA clamped down on hydraulically-aided suspension systems, specifically targeting those allegedly used by Mercedes and Red Bull.

At the end of last year, the governing body issued another technical directive to address a clever 'trick' steering and suspension combo destined to lower a car's ride height in corners.

Red Bull Racing was believed to be the team which best exploited the ingenious scheme which offered aerodynamic and tyre benefits.

The controversial subject is still being debated by the teams however within F1's technical working group with two opposite proposals currently under review.

The first is a return to simple suspension layouts with dampers and springs, while the other is the re-introduction of radical 'active suspension' which was last seen in 1993.

It is believed Mercedes is pushing for the second option while Ferrari is believed, unsurprisingly, to be opposed to a return of active suspension systems.

An unnamed Mercedes engineer, speaking to Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, justified the manufacturer's stance.

"It's cheaper because you can develop the system once and then freeze it. It will save a million euros a year and there would be no more grey areas.

"It would be much easier for the FIA to control, and it would help overtaking because you can programme the system to minimise the impact of the turbulence behind the car," the engineer added.

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