Friday, 8 July 2011

Brawn Backs Diffuser Clampdown

Ross Brawn believes the FIA had no choice in imposing the ban on off-throttle blown diffusers mid season. Red Bull the originator of the concept has been especially critical of the decision to ban the diffusers mid season. With rival teams 'double diffuser' and 'F-duct' being only banned at the end of the season it is an "unusual act" by the FIA to ban the off-throttle blown diffuser mid season as many of the Red Bull team have stressed.

Brawn states while he would rather do without the clampdown the problem was the likelihood of protests if it wasn't banned to later with HRT having stated they would protest.

Brawn: "Leaving things as they were, we were going to get protests and we certainly did not want that. Fundamentally I would rather leave things alone, but what I would not want to see is a lot of protest and F1 getting into a mess and into issues and the appeal court."

"We have all been there, and we all know what happened with the diffusers a couple of years ago. This is different because the FIA were completely happy with the legality of diffusers, but now they are saying, somebody made a point and we can see it is a valid point so we want to control this."

"Once you reach this stage you have to go down that route, and you cannot do anything but. The FIA are saying: 'we are not comfortable; some teams are saying we are going to protest, and we have to resolve it'. And I think the time we were given to resolve it was a good compromise, because the teams concerned could have protested it a few races ago, but they agreed to hold off and let everyone find a solution and get to where we are today."

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