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Toyota pleased with diffuser outcome

Toyota says it is pleased that the FIA Court of Appeal has ruled that the double-decker diffuser used by the Cologne-based squad – as well as Brawn GP and Williams – is legal.

After a hearing in Paris, the Court of Appeal rejected the complaints lodged by rival teams that the diffuser didn't comply with Formula One regulations, with the possibility that points could be lost if the system had been declared illegal.

However, with the diffuser having already passed scrutineering in both Australia and Malaysia despite protests being lodged, the FIA has made its definitive ruling on the case, with Toyota stating it had 'every confidence' that the Court would rule in its favour.

"As we have maintained throughout, our team studied the wording of the new 2009 regulations in precise detail to ensure we interpreted them correctly," a team statement read. "We also made full use of the consultation procedure with the FIA which was a helpful process to ensure our interpretation of the technical regulations was correct.

"Therefore we had every confidence that the design of our car would be confirmed as legal, firstly by race stewards in Australia and Malaysia and subsequently by the Court of Appeal."

In the same statement, team principal and chairman Tadashi Yamashina said he was satisfied with the verdict and said it was important for the sport to now move on and put 'diffuser-gate' behind it.

"I was confident the Court of Appeal would reach this verdict and I am satisfied with it," he said. "It is important to stress we studied the technical regulations in precise detail, consulting the FIA in our process, and never doubted our car complied with them.

"This has been a challenging period for Formula 1 and I am pleased this issue is now in the past and we can focus on an exciting season on the track."


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Barry Wilkinson

April 15, 2009 11:32 PM

spike i do not think the other teams were waiting with their millions to invest for the fia decision on the diffuser issue. I think it is already way down the pipeline to being resolved and china will be an interesting race. Brawn has already said this.



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