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Mercedes to run without Fric at Hockenheim

Championship leader Mercedes will remove its sophisticated 'Fric' system from the dominant W05 car for the German grand prix. It is understood other teams - including Red Bull, McLaren, Force India, Toro Rosso and Caterham - are also preparing to run without the hydraulically-controlled suspension aid at Hockenheim. That is because they fear some rivals might lodge official protests against the technology, following the FIA's announcement that 'Fric' might in fact be contrary to the technical regulations. But it is believed the system aboard Mercedes' silver car, which has won eight of the nine races so far in 2014, is perhaps the most sophisticated of all, and worth up to half a second per...
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