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Brawn GP diffuser as seen by the competition

The FIA International Court of Appeal has just ruled that the "Diffuser 3" can continue on with their current shapely backsides, much to the chagrin of Formula 1 competitor Ferrari (among others). The Court had met in Paris to respond to a challenge issued by Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault, which questioned whether or not the rear diffusers being used by Toyota, Williams and Brawn met the regulations.

From the beginning of the season, the established front-runners have been amazed at the pace of those teams. Much of that pace has been attributed to a rear diffuser that seemed in theory to deviate from the straight-topped one the rules stipulated (which the rest of the field is using).

The other teams interpreted the 2009 rules one way and the Diffuser 3 adherents read the regulations differently. With the new ruling, it looks like the rest of the field will be playing catchup, and the V-shaped upper panel is sure to pop up on the rest of the cars very soon. Whether or not it will have an impact on the standings remains to be seen, as Brawn for one has proven to be a well-run operation with a strong engine and re-energized drivers.

[Source: F1-Live]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "Brawn GP diffuser as seen by the competition"

      I see what you did there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's very nice and all. But for us dummies out here could you show a picture that does a compare and contrast so that we will know what the heck you are talking about?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can see a picture of the Ferrari here:

        http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2009/4/9177.html

        You'll notice that the top of the diffuser goes straight across where as the Brawn/Toyota/Williams dips down in the middle. It's also worth noting that the three teams using this weren't included in on the discussions when the specs were hammered out. It's hard to argue that a team a violating the spirit of the rules when they weren't involved in creating them. They interpretted the rules differently and it's working better for them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ditch those diffusers and KERS. I want my old F1 back....ya know, from when Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen used to battle it out every weekend.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kers is great because it makes the racing more fun...what is better, the extra energy boost or the weight savings from NOT implementing the system.

        Look at BMW-Sauber, Kubica doesn't have KERS, and in Australia was faster than Heidfeld...

        I think this has the potential be the most entertaining season of F1 in a LONG time. F1 with Schumacher was as predictable as a Sandra Bullock date flick...
        • 5 Years Ago
        keep the diffuser but evey car has one,and ya i agree get rid of the kers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The truly sad outcome of the FIA decision is that it so clearly illustrates that the rules don't really matter. The rules state that the diffuser shall be designed such that turbulence behind the car is minimized. From an engineering perspective, that rule eliminates any ambiguity as to what the allowed diffuser height should be. The teams with the shorter diffuser followed that rule while Brawn, Toyota , and Williams simply ignored it. Unfortunately, they’re going to get away with it. Amazingly enough, the teams that followed the rules are now banned by those same rules from doing development and testing after the season has started. Given the fact that the taller diffuser gives about a 0.5 second per lap advantage, it’s going to be extremely difficult for the teams that followed the rules to be competitive.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I were a team that got the short end of this ruling I'd redesign my car with full ground effects and call it "a full body diffuser" just to screw with the FIA.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never doubt the Brawn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brawn is the man. Lots of experience in F1 probably taught him how to interpret the rules in his favor and get away with it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Put that in your pipe and smoke it Flavio lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would have lost all faith in FIA if they hadn't ruled in favor of the diffuser.

      This is going to be a very interesting season.
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