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Force India expects protests in Melbourne over suspension designs

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Sahara Force India Formula One Team are predicting there will be protests both ahead of and at the Australian Grand Prix as disagreements over suspension designs continue.

Pre-loaded suspension systems, such as those used by Red Bull Racing and Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team, have been the centre of many discussions in recent times; Scuderia Ferrari have even aired their concerns to Charlie Whiting, writing to the F1 race director for clarification, who is yet to respond.

But any response will only be his opinion and not law, so whichever side he disagrees with may wish to protest their objections and opinions.

Yes, I can definitely see it happening,” Andrew Green told Pitpass.com. “However, we will stand back and see how it develops and then react to it like we normally do.

“We have been testing various concepts for a while now, and each has got some merits. We really want to see how the tyres perform, what the balance is, and where the weakness of the tyres is so we can then attack that with a mechanical solution.

We cannot have all the options on the table ready and waiting, depending on what Pirelli’s tyre performs like. So we have to wait.

“Hopefully in that time the FIA will give everybody some guidance about what is and isn’t allowed, because that is what we need at the moment. There is too big a grey area.”

He is hoping that the rules can be explained and a resolution met before any more unnecessary outlay or negativity.

I would have liked some more clarity on the suspension side,” he added. “That really muddied the waters and it is unnecessary. It is under the skin. I don’t think it is great for the show.

“The fans don’t know any difference and it can be incredibly complicated the systems that are being run. and expensive. There are marginal gains for quite substantial expense.

“I would have liked to have seen all of that nipped in the bud a bit earlier, and not been allowed to develop to where it has got to now.”

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