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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shadow looms over season opener

The weather is looking good, and with less than 24 hours to go before the cars hit the track for the first practice session of the 2009 season, it looks like the biggest battle will be off the track.

Red Bull Racing is expected to be joined by another team in its protest of the diffuser design of the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams cars.

F1 Mar 2009

Autosport.com reports talks underway behind the scenes determining a course of action on the diffuser situation, with it believed likely the stewards will declare the cars legal in pre-race scrutineering.

Should that be the case, protests will be lodged.

Like Sal Tessio, however, teams were quick to point out it was strictly business, nothing personal.

“This is an unfortunate situation - but a protest is the only way we can get the rules clarified,” a “senior source” told the Web site. “This situation has nothing to do with us being against any of the teams involved - it is just to get an answer about the regulations.”

So, what promises to be one of the more exciting starts to a season in recent memory is most likely going to have the shadow of a drawn out appeal hanging over it. Unfortunate.

For their part, Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota are convinced their cars are legal.

“To be honest we were surprised that it even turned into an issue because for us it was very clearly inside the regulations,” Williams technical director Sam Michael is quoted.
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