F1 diffuser row finally settled in favour of Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams
The impressive start to the 2009 F1 season made by Brawn GP and Jenson Button has received a welcome boost from the FIA today. Its Court of Appeal has just declared the Brawn (née Honda) team’s car is running a legal diffuser/aero package.
Had today’s ruling gone the other way, possible sanctions could have included points penalties for the Brawn team and Button, who together have raced to victory in both the first and second GPs of the season.
The diffuser row has been simmering for several months with slower teams claiming ‘double decker’ diffusers are not within the current rules. However Brawn – together with Toyota and Williams who run similar set-ups – stuck to their guns and their position has now been vindicated.
The FIA decision leaves complainants Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, Renault, McLaren and BMW Sauber with some catching up to do on the design front. Many British F1 fans will hope the News
gives Brawn and Button some breathing space to further increase their lead in the championship, although the Lewis Hamilton contingent may disagree!