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GP Week : Issue 41
> F1NEWS> at’s Diffuser Day e Diffuser gang teams’ favour, an argument has been raised that the DDDs go against the spirit of the regulations and will essentially see the re-legalisation of ground effect, if the ICA dismisses the appeal. That said, the FIA will be keen to support the independent teams, as its proposed basis for the future of Formula 1 lies in the intelligent application of thought working under the confines of a budget cap. Some critics argue that for the FIA to penalise independent teams for doing exactly what it is hoped they will do under a budget cap, would run at crossed purpose to its vision of F1’s future. If the designs are found to be illegal, as argued by Ferrari consultant Rory Byrne, it remains possible, albeit unlikely, for the results of the first two races of 2009 to be altered as the three teams in question all raced under appeal. Should they be kicked out of the results, the Australian Grand Prix would be handed to Fernando Alonso and the Malaysian Grand Prix would go to Nick Heidfeld, leaving the Spaniard on top of the championship with 11.5 points, ahead of Heidfeld on nine and Toro Rosso drivers Sebastiens Bourdais and Buemi tied for third on eight points. This is thought to be unlikely, and it is believed that the teams will simply be told they may no longer run the diffusers in the future if the appeal is upheld. Should the designs be found legal, however, the current championship positions would stand and it is expected that we could see new diffusers on a number of rival cars from as early as this coming weekend in China and certainly by the time the European season begins in May.