As “exclusively revealed” at F1B by Grace and Todd, one of possibly two teams that we felt would actually leverage a complaint about he Diffuser issue has spoken up. Red Bull has claimed that the double-decker diffuser design is, in their opinion as well as other teams, illegal. They said that Red Bull and Renault asked early last season as to a similar aero treatment and were told no by the FIA.
So as we predicted, Red Bull would be the likely candidate to protest the diffuser design along with, perhaps, Renault. Red Bull suggest that the diffuser is worth 5 tenths a lap in aero efficiency and you can see where that would be of concern to Red Bull as well as Renault. Here is the story from GMM:
Mar.23 (GMM) The spectre of official protests against the rear diffusers of three 2009-spec cars on Monday grew ever larger.
Mere days ahead of scrutineering for the Australian grand prix, Red Bull’s motor racing advisor Helmut Marko declared that the solutions on the Toyota, Williams and Brawn cars are “illegal”.
“They have a double-diffuser which gives them five tenths per lap (extra),” the Austrian told sportnet.at on Monday.
“Seven teams – including Red Bull – are united: they are illegal,” said Marko, raising the probability of a formal protest at the scene of the season opener this weekend.
He claims both Renault and Red Bull discussed the legality of a similar aerodynamic concept with the FIA early last year and “at that time there was a negative answer”.