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GP Week : Issue 77
F1 NEWS >> THE FIA has warned teams not to resort to active suspension systems in an attempt to overcome Red Bull's superior qualifying pace, after issuing a strongly-worded rule clarification last week. Rumours have been doing the rounds in the paddock that Red Bull Racing has found a way to circumnavigate the ban on active suspension to improve its cars' ride height during qualifying, but speaking exclusively to GPWEEK at last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, team principal Christian Horner strongly denied his team was using compressed gasses to change the RB6's ride height between qualifying and the race, insisting: "They're completely fictitious rumours and if anyone's got a problem they should protest us". The RB6 received a clean bill of health after a thorough examination by the FIA in Malaysia, knocking the 'active suspension' rumour on its head, and the governing body has now told other teams not to consider such technology, after Martin Whitmarsh told press in Australia that McLaren would look to develop its own active system. In a communication to all 12 teams, the FIA said: "Any system device or procedure, the purpose and/or effect of which is to change the set-up of the suspension, while the car is under parc ferme conditions will be deemed to contravene article 34.5 of the sporting regulations." Article 34.5 prevents teams from making set-up changes to their cars between qualifying and the race. Moves to allow a single suspension set-up change between qualifying and the race to negate Red Bull's advantage is also likely to be shot down, given that unanimous agreement must be reached to introduce any mid-season regulation changes. -- Naoise Holohan 7