Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn has tried to pour water over the smouldering fire lit by McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh, who fuelled next round of inter-team arguments by claiming that Red Bull is running with an illegal suspension system.

Red Bull Garage

Red Bull Racing has moved quickly to vociferously deny that it is running such a suspension system (as it would) – and Brawn believes the FIA should step in and make a ruling on the regulations to avoid further cat-fighting between teams on the grid.

"I think we do need to tidy it up, in fairness to Red Bull because there are accusations being thrown around. It is very unfair," said Brawn. "They have a very good car, and there is no evidence they are unnecessarily doing anything untoward.”

"You can do things with tyre pressures between qualifying and the race, which is a simple way of helping the situation. But it is necessary for the FIA to just clarify where we stand.

"Our understanding – I can’t remember the article exactly, but you are not allowed to make any suspension changes between qualifying and the race. Anything that influences the suspension, be it gas pressure, be it the intentional manipulation of temperature, would have that effect. I think we need Charlie to clarify that to get rid of the controversy."

It’s good to see someone calling for a bit of commonsense!

[Original image via GP Update]

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