Red Bull has again reiterated that it is not running with a trick version of active suspension, as suspected by several rival teams, and has also confirmed that it would be prepared to protest the legality of any such system run by rival teams at future Grands Prix.

Red Bull’s domination of all qualifying at all three Grands Prix has prompted jealousy claims from rival teams that the Renault-powered team is either operating a trick damper or hydraulics system that lowers the car’s ride height for qualifying and raises it for the race.

The mechanics behind this concept would be the use of a form of compressed gas to lower the car’s ride height for qualifying and then releasing the gas – through either time, a temperature change, or manually by the team – to allow the car to operate at a higher ride height necessary to stop the car bottoming with the heavier fuel load required for the race.

The parc ferme rules dictate that no changes may be made to the cars between qualifying and the race, bar changes to tyres, front wing flap angle adjustments and hydraulics – it is believed that this loophole could be being exploited by Red Bull.

The team has vigorously denied these allegations, and it claims that this was again supported by the FIA giving the RB6 the green light at scrutineering for last weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

However, rivals such as McLaren have claimed that they will press ahead with their interpretation of the concept and will introduce their own suspension systems to boost their form in qualifying.

Red Bull’s team boss Christian Horner has vowed that his team will protest such a design concept if McLaren proceeds with it.

"If McLaren have one in China we will protest them, because theoretically they are illegal. The FIA had a good look at our car [in Malaysia] on Saturday night and they are happy with it – they will struggle to find anything because there simply isn’t anything there."

The FIA is in turn looking at an attempt to end the spending war that McLaren seems hell-bent on starting, and will consider reworking the rules to allow the teams to alter their cars’ ride heights between qualifying and the race.

Such a rule change would require a unanimous approval from all 12 teams in order to implement the change into the current technical regulations, which would be a tall order given that most of the teams can’t agree on anything.

Red Bull has confirmed that it would support a change to the regulations.

[Original image via GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.