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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Anticipating a verdict

It is a case of anticipation for the F1 world as it waits for the FIA’s International Court of Appeal to render its verdict on diffusers.

The hearing lasted over eight hours. A decision is expected Wednesday afternoon.

Representatives for Ferrari, Renault, BMW Sauber and Red Bull have no doubt the Williams, Toyota and Brawn diffusers are illegal.

F1 Mar 2009


“Anyone with a command of English will tell you it is a hole, so do not let someone attempting to be clever with words defeat the express purpose of the rules," Autosport reports Ferrari's legal representative, Nigel Tozzi, was quoted by the Press Association.


Tozzi was referring to Article 3.12.5 of F1's technical regulations, which states:

“Fully enclosed holes are permitted in the surfaces lying on the reference and step planes provided no part of the car is visible through them when viewed from directly below.”

Key to the "diffuser gang" argument is the claim that breaks in the floor of their car are not holes, but rather, gaps between the step and reference planes of the car - thus exempt from the rule.

Renault’s argument went a step further, saying a similar Renault design was deemed illegal by the FIA last year.

Ross Brawn, described by Tozzi as “a person of supreme arrogance,” countered that the sport’s history is full of cars that could be considered outside the regulations, including several Ferraris.

Max Mosley and Charlie Whiting also received their share of criticism.

Brawn remains optimistic of a favorable ruling.

“I would just be surprised if the appeal court can make judgments on technicalities - it's quite a complex technical matter,” he told BBC Sport. “You can't be 100% confident but I hope common sense prevails on their side.”
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