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Horner plays down diffuser change

Christian Horner downplays the impact of the blown diffuser planned for the British Grand Prix
Christian Horner has downplayed the blown diffuser rule changes that will come into play at Silverstone, although the Red Bull team boss insists that it impossible to predict exactly what impact the action from the FIA will have on the race weekend.

The banning of engine map changes between qualifying and race day in Valencia was the first stage of the change, with the blown diffuser ban coming into place for the British Grand Prix.

The changes made in Valencia had little impact on the result of the European race as Sebastian Vettel took victory for the sixth time in eight race but Horner insisted it was impossible to predict what impact the upcoming changes would have on the field – even if he was confident Red Bull themselves could deal with the changes.

“It's the same regulation clarification for everybody,” he told SpeedTV.com. “But the effect it will have on the others, that's impossible for us to predict.

“I don't think we've gone as extreme as others either with the type of air that they're blowing, or the positioning. One team obviously have built their entire car around it. One would have thought it would have a bigger impact for them than some of the others.

“I think what you'll see is that the net loss is probably going to be fairly consistent across the front running teams.”

FIA race director Charlie Whiting explained part of the reasoning behind the technical changes in a question session with the media in Valencia [See separate story HERE].

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June 28, 2011 3:26 PM

mclarens problem seems to be a bit like last years. last year, they had the f duct, and decided to manage aero OVER the rear, whereas the bulls and others went for aero UNDER the car. this year, mclaren again went for OVER body aero, with their L shaped sidepods. this has lead to lack of downforce on the rear of the body, and therefore handling problems. lulu and button are probably both driving beyond the cars true abilities.could explain lulus inopportune moves?

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June 28, 2011 3:08 PM

I think lulu was right before his bipolar alter eo apologized on twitter yesterday, mclaren is gonna take another step backwards. Supposedly Redbull was exploiting ht blowing more than others yet it was mclaren that suffered the most from losing hot blowing. At best the order will stay the same since with cold blowing it's the same 2.4 liters of air per revolution flowing through the diffuser. Given that last year at silverstone that mclaren had some real teething problems balancing the car with their own blown diffuser that many will remember they couldn't get to work right until they started blowing it off throttle. Add to that how much of a dog the mclaren was this year before thu copied newey's exhaust, not looking pretty. I would laugh a little little bit if merc passes them next weekend.

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