2009 Formula One: FIA Hearing on Diffuser Issue

AirWolf

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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.

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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.

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killadoob

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Alf it may not matter, you may not see mclaren at the any of the upcoming races.
 

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Today is D-Day for the Brawn/Williams/Toyota. Hopefully the F1 Gods will be smiling down on them, and give the rest of the teams a kick up the ... uh, diffuser :D.
 

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I dont think they will rule against the diffuser three. So the race will be on change the cars. I'm sure the big teams are developing one just in case. And should it be confirmed legal, some teams will be running it this weekend.
 

killadoob

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Finally ferrari, mclaren and the rest can shut up and try and catch up.

Glad because any other ruling would have seen alot of people possibly stop watching F1.
 

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Well done to the FIA on the correct decision:).

The judges in Paris heard evidence from both sides, with Ferrari's legal representative, Nigel Tozzi QC, describing Brawn GP team boss Ross Brawn as "a person of supreme arrogance".

Brawn defended himself robustly and insisted his team's diffuser was simply "an innovative approach of an existing idea".

And Brawn's criticism of Ferrari consultant Rory Bryne and Red Bull technical guru Adrian Newey saw sparks fly in the courtroom, with the Englishman refusing to retract his statements.

WTF, a really low blow by Ferrari. How does his arrogance relate to his brilliance as a designer of F1 cars?:p
 

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Renault said they have a prototype ready to go for China this weekend.

Oh well, there goes the cost saving aspect of this season.
 

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Renault said they have a prototype ready to go for China this weekend.

Oh well, there goes the cost saving aspect of this season.

F1 and cost saving don't belong in the same sentence:eek:.
 

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great news for those 3 teams...should be enough gap for 2 races imho before ferrari/mclaren do catch up.

also its not just Ross vs the rest - two other teams also went the innovative way :)
 

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Renault said they have a prototype ready to go for China this weekend.

Oh well, there goes the cost saving aspect of this season.

Hmmm strange comment but anyhow. funny when ferrari and mclaren dominate nobody worries about the cost element, when anyone else dominates, well there goes the cost saving.
 

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Hmmm strange comment but anyhow. funny when ferrari and mclaren dominate nobody worries about the cost element, when anyone else dominates, well there goes the cost saving.

Well that is becuase Mosely and company wanted that emphasis this year. Something silly like 69 million per season. That is clearly shot out the water now.
 

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Interesting how the teams doing very well are the teams that were using the diffusers that were in question. Brawn, Toyota and Williams. Clearly the diffuser is aiding performance.

I am glad they haven't punished these teams, but it wont be long before the traditionally big teams change to these new diffusers, and then it will be back to the normal stuff wee see.
 
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