The customer car row is still dragging on and looks set to overshadow the Malaysian Grand Prix. It is understood that Spyker have lodged a protest against Scuderia Toro Rosso at Sepang late this week.
Last month, Spyker began the arbitration process against Toro Rosso and Super Aguri for their use of ‘customer cars’ this season and it was believed that the issue would be resolved in court. However four key Spyker members – team boss Colin Kolles, head of business affairs Ian Phillips, technical director James Key and team manager Andy Stevenson – approached race stewards shortly after scrutineering for the Malaysian Grand Prix ended on Thursday afternoon.
Kolles has provided no official statement as to the reasons for his new protest, nor why he has singled out Toro Rosso, however it is rumoured that his team has found new evidence about who designed the latest Toro Rosso car, the STR02.
The stewards have not yet come to a conclusion and are still investigating the matter however it is understoog that they have already asked for legal clarification about the arbitration proceeding status.