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Brawn glad diffuser row over.


Ross Brawn has admitted that he is pleased to have got through the first FIA court of appeal hearing of the season with his team's points tallies unaltered, and hopes that whole diffuser row can now be pushed into Formula One's past.

Speaking via a brief team statement in the wake of the FIA's decision to confirm that the diffuser designs employed by Brawn, Toyota and Williams are legal, the sport's newest team owner conceded that his rivals were right to take the matter as far as they did, but said that he was looking forward to getting on with the season - and extending Brawn GP's unbeaten record in the top flight.

"We are pleased with the decision reached by the International Court of Appeal today," Brawn confirmed, "We respect the right of our competitors to query any design or concept used on our cars through the channels available to them [but] the FIA technical department, the stewards at the Australian and Malaysian grands prix and, now, five judges at the International Court of Appeal have confirmed our belief that our cars have always strictly complied with the 2009 technical regulations.

"The decision of the International Court of Appeal brings this matter to its conclusion and we look forward to continuing, on the track, the challenge of what has been a very exciting start to the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship."

Brawn was at the centre of proceedings at Tuesday's hearing in Paris, clashing with former Ferrari colleague Rory Byrne and Red Bull's Adrian Newey, as well as being branded 'arrogant' by Ferrari lawyer Nigel Tozzi QC. He responded to criticism over his team's decision - along with Toyota and Williams - to run a contentious diffuser as 'an innovative approach of an existing idea'.

The FIA confirmed that its court of appeal 'has decided to deny the appeals submitted against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the panel of the stewards on 26 March at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia'.

"Based on the arguments heard and evidence before it, the court has concluded that the stewards were correct to find that the cars in question comply with the applicable regulations," said an official statement, released to give those teams already in Shanghai for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix a chance to make alterations to their cars should they have parts ready to go pending the outcome of the hearing.

Most, however, are expected to have updates ready in time for the first European round, in Barcelona, next month, as China forms the second of the season's back-to-back double-headers with Bahrain before April is out.


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David Winstanley - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 12:18 PM

What's the difference between a 'supremely arrogant man' as described by Ferraris lawyer Mr ****** and a 'supremely talented man' which is what Ross Brawn obviously is? The answer - when Ross Brawn worked for Ferrari he was obviously 'supremely talented', but now he doesn't he's obviously just 'supremely arrogant' I think that the other defination here is that if Mr Brawn thinks that what he's doing is right and what everyone else says is wrong, that's because he's just so brilliant and he WAS right and this is the simple reason why Ferrari was so succesful while he was there and are such a bloody mess at the moment!

piston head - Unregistered

April 15, 2009 3:30 PM

There could hardly be any support from the teams that have missed this clever interpretation of the diffuser,the bitterness seems unfounded particularly by Newey and Byrne who spent a lot of time bending the rules with flexi floors and wings etc. Well done Ross and good luck Jensen.



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