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Toro Rosso rules out Melbourne suspension protest

BARCELONA, Spain -- Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost has ruled out his team lodging an official protest over a rival team's suspension at the Australian Grand Prix despite the simmering row on the issue.

Ferrari sparked a row at the start of the year when it wrote to the FIA to query a 'trick' suspension system pioneered by Mercedes last year and also adopted by Red Bull. The FIA is expected to issue a clarification on the issue, though that would be advisory in nature and not binding for teams.

The only way a car suspect car part could be banned is if a team lodged a protest in Melbourne -- something many in the paddock fear will overshadow the opening race -- and race stewards ruled in favour of the complaint.

When asked a the launch of Toro Rosso's STR12 if his team would protest, he replied: "No. It is not our philosophy to protest against other teams We fight on the race track, Not on the table.

"Our suspension is within the regulations, because we don't work on such complicated systems. Therefore I think that we are 100 percent."

Technical chief James Key says Toro Rosso has not got one of the controversial hydraulic suspension systems on the car, though it will watch how the situation develops before deciding which development path to take from there.

"I think a lot of it depends on how the regulations pan out, to be honest with you because it's one of those hot topics at the moment! Let's see how that goes, because there's clearly a lot of discussion of that going on.

"I think it's not first order at the moment, the first order is getting the fundamentals right with new regs like this so we'll wait and see how that pans out and then consider our options I think."

Ferrari's complaint centred around Mercedes' use of a device which has replaced the Front and Rear Inter Connected (FRIC) suspensions banned in 2014 and whether it contravened Article 3.15. That part of the rulebook states that "any specific part of the car influencing its aerodynamic performance must remain immobile in relation to the sprung part of the car" -- effectively banning moveable aerodynamic devices, something Ferrari inferred Mercedes and Red Bull have implemented on their cars.