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GP Week : Issue 41
Today is D-Day – tha International Court of Appeal meets today to decide the future of the THE controversy over the design of the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams F1 diffusers will be resolved this week, following a meeting of the FIA International Court of Appeal in Paris. The three teams’designs were protested by the Ferrari, Renault, Red Bull and BMW F1 Teams, with each protest rejected by FIA race stewards on the grounds that the questioned diffusers were within current F1 regulations. The stewards’decisions were appealed and it is this appeal which will be heard today. McLaren has joined the debate at the final moment on the side of the original protesters and will be present in Paris for the appeal, but will not make representation. The appeal has been raised as the designs in question utilise a Double Decker Diffuser (DDD), whereas the regulations stipulate that the diffusers must be of a singular profile. Furthermore, the regulations dictate that no part of the car may be visible through the floor when viewed from underneath and the teams which have launched the appeal believe that the DDD utilises holes in the chassis which contravene the regulations. Interestingly, it has come to light that Ross Brawn, whose cars are at the centre of the controversy, tabled a proposal to modify the 2009 regulations to make it impossible for such loopholes in the regulations to be exploited. His suggestion was dismissed, however, and as it now stands the three teams in question have simply interpreted the regulations in an intelligent manner and one which Brawn himself had offered to make impossible. While this will no doubt stand in the three