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Diffuser’s Given The Legal Green Light By FIA – FULL STORY

The FIA have taken the major step today, after 48 hours of deliberation, to confirm the legality of double tier diffuser desgins being used by Brawn-Mercedes, Toyota and Williams Grand Prix teams.

The other teams on the grid, including most predominantely Ferrari, BMW Sauber and Red Bull Racing appealed against the designs citing that they were in breach of the heavy new technical regulations.

There is no doubt that the diffusers give those 3 teams a heavy advantage over the others, as shown in the first 2 races of the season – both won by Button in the Brawn.

This is the full story from F1Fanatics.

Brawns 2 tier diffuser

Brawn's 2 tier diffuser

The FIA Decision

The courtroom has become common place in F1 over the past few seasons, and this time it was no different.  Teams gave evidence both for and against the two tier diffuser design.  Some of the greatest technical minds were in attendance including Rory Byrne and Adrian Newey.

The five member FIA ICA panel spent all last night deliberating over whether these diffusers were to be legalised and this morning released this statement.

“The FIA International Court of Appeal has decided to deny the appeals submitted against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the Panel of the Stewards on 26 March at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia and counting towards the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

“Based on the arguments heard and evidence before it, the Court has concluded that the Stewards were correct to find that the cars in question comply with the applicable regulations.”

Ross Brawn enters court to defend his team

Ross Brawn enters court to defend his team

Ferrari Now Say Their F60 Has To Be Totally Redesigned

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali has expressed his disgust at the ruling of the ICA panel over the diffusers.

The Italian, who has seen the legendary team struggle in the first two races, now claims that their car – the F60 – will have to be totally redesgiend in order to get one of these diffusers inside it.  Domenicali believes that if they do not create one, then they have no chance of being competitive.

Domenicali criticised the ruling also because they have to spend a lot of money now on car redesign, in a time where the FIA are trying to encourage budget cuts.

“Unfortunately this decision forces us to intervene on fundamental areas of the car’s design in order to be able to compete on an equal footing with some of the teams from a point of view of the technical regulations, and that will take time and money,” he told Autosport outside the ICA courtroom.

“We will now double our efforts to get the team back to the highest level of competitivity.”

Domenicali of Ferrari si distinctly unimpressed

Domenicali of Ferrari si distinctly unimpressed

Newey Begins Diffuser Re-Design – Anger With Charlie Whiting Over Double Standards

Top technical chief Adrian Newey has told of how he is hitting the drawing board tonight to create one of the two tier diffuser systems.

The British designer, who works for Red Bull Racing says it will take some time but it will be done as soon as is possible so that Red Bull can continue to be competitive.

Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor, says that he is incredibly angry with Charlie Whiting, the FIA chief because he was approached with the double diffuser design idea, and said it was illegal.

“What angers us is the fact that we had approached [Charlie] Whiting for a clarification on a diffuser solution like the one in question and we were told it was illegal, therefore we did not pursue it any further though our design team had similar ideas,” he said.

Helmut Marko accusses the FIA of double-standards

Helmut Marko accusses the FIA of double-standards

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