Motor Racing: Marques not up to mark

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POLITICAL conflict is likely to occupy Formula One again over the coming days and weeks. All but one team - Lola-Ferrari - have been told their cars do not conform with regulations because they incorporate moving parts or systems not under the control of the driver: in other words, active suspension and traction control, writes Derick Allsop in Montreal.

Even semi-automatic transmissions could be covered by the ambiguous wording of an edict issued here this weekend.

The teams say they cannot or will not convert their cars before the next race, in France, on 4 July, most of which are now specifically designed to accommodate technological systems. Removing active suspension, for instance, could be particularly complicated, and expensive.