Yesterday afternoon, the FIA banned the controversial reactive ride system, pioneered by Lotus (formerly Renault).
That the technology – which regulates ride height changes whilst under braking – had apparently been approved by the FIA a year ago, making the current situation desperately annoying.
There have been persistent rumours that Lotus (then Renault) and Mercedes ran the system late last season, gaining time measured only by several blinks of an eye.
This is a shame of course, as one was eagerly awaiting an explanation of the technology, that made sense to my Luddite ears.
Not only has the 2012 Formula 1 season lost a story to tell every week, the sport has also now dismissed the first round in a key television battle – Anderson (BBC) vs Kravitz (Sky Sports F1) – that was sure to enthral millions.
Most importantly, I would really like to know what technology the reactive ride suspension was potentially linked with, to make it suddenly such a potent device, after one full year of activity… Now that would peak my interest.
As an aside, part of me also believes this headline grabbing ban is a rather timely intervention to deflect from the continuing horror news that is emerging from Bahrain.
Especially following yet another weekend that saw the sad deaths of two more people, one of whom an 11-year-old boy, whilst their respective funerals come under further scrutiny from security forces.