Teams up and down the pitlane want the FIA to close a loophole that could possibly explain the massive advantage that the Silver Arrows car currently holds.
The claim comes from Germany’s Auto Motor und sport, who go on to say that the team with the best engine, also have the best chassis.
The report suggests that the Mercedes car uses a hydraulic roll and height control system, which is similar to the banned ‘FRIC’ system that the team used to run. The height control system is expected to cleverly mimic active suspension, and is housed in the top of the chassis.
Back in 2012 when we had the step noses, a vanity panel was used to make the cars look a little easier on the eye. Mercedes used this space cleverly to house the system outside of the carbon suspension tubes, yet still have the device protected within the car.
Correspondent Michael Schmidt said: “The other teams now recognise the trick and put it on the agenda for the technical meeting on the Tuesday after Monza.”
He added that the FIA would like to ban the system but that would require the agreement of all the teams (including Mercedes), to make the necessary changes to the 2017 regulations.
If a FIA ban proves to be impossible for next year, expect the teams to frantically look to develop their own versions of the system.