- Aug 18, 2006
Eight teams to be heard at diffuser appeal
The FIA has published further details relating to next week’s International Court of Appeal (ICA) hearing over the legality of the diffusers being used by the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams teams.
Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault lodged the appeal in Australia after stewards rejected their protests over the diffusers. BMW Sauber lodged a similar protest and appeal in Malaysia.
All seven of the aforementioned teams, along with McLaren, are expected to be heard by the ICA next Tuesday, with an announcement of the hearing’s outcome expected the following day.
Raikkonen: diffuser issue critical to title hopes
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen believes the FIA’s ruling on the legality of the diffusers used by Brawn, Williams and Toyota will have a huge bearing on the outcome of the 2009 championship. Ferrari, alongside Renault, Red Bull and BMW Sauber, have protested the decision of stewards to allow the controversial designs to be raced in Australia and Malaysia and their appeal is due to be heard on April 14.
While Ferrari are yet to score points, Brawn, Williams and Toyota all enjoyed strong pace at the opening two Grands Prix, with Brawn clinching two consecutive victories. And Raikkonen believes that the F60’s underperformance can be chiefly blamed on a relative lack of downforce, a shortfall almost certainly made worse by the disparity in diffuser designs.