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FIA planned Diffuser ban from British GP

June.17 – Formula One governing body FIA planned blown-diffuser ban from the British GP will go ahead following a discussion of F1 Technical Working Group.

FIA wrote to the teams through the Canadian GP weekend to notify them of the new date having previously postponed the ban until further notice. Primarily the Governing Body wanted to ban the practice of blowing diffusers off-throttle from the Spanish GP but the teams managed to gain a provisional reprieve as they claimed it would prove costly and affect some teams more than others. Following the latest date was declared, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Autosport that he would be questioning whether the ban was a result of the correct interpretation of the rules.

“There are two issues,” Horner said. “One is the impact of it, which I doubt will probably affect us any more or any less than any other team. But the other one is the mechanism and the understanding behind the technical directive. That is what will undoubtedly be debated in the TWG next week, which is probably the right forum to discuss it.

“There are certain questions that we want to ask about the technical directive that we need clarification on.”

After the discussion in London on Thursday, the FIA saw no reason to delay the ban any further. The news is hopeful to McLaren, who believe the result will impact Red Bull heavily, especially in qualifying trim, while Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali told Sporting Life that he hoped the ban will kick-start his team’s season.

“We need to see at Silverstone what will be the change in effect with regard to the regulations about the exhaust,” Domenicali said. “After Silverstone we will then be able to make a judgment, and if there is one, all I can say is that I hope it (the ban) affects us less than the others.”


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