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FIA to abandon ban on off-throttle blown diffusers

FIA: During Saturday morning's Extraordinary Technical Working Group meeting, the members discussed the viability of returning to the pre-Silverstone set-ups and strategies. If the teams are in unanimous agreement, the FIA is prepared to adopt this arrangement until the end of the current season.

The ban on off-throttle blown diffusers is to be dropped, providing the teams are in 'unanimous agreement', the FIA has announced.

The statement from the sport's governing body was issued following qualifying for the British Grand Prix today, which took place under a cloud in more ways than one. While the conditions were again very changeable, the row off track in terms of what can and can't be done with the engines created notable tension with Red Bull Racing's Christian Horner and McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh both far from happy [see separate story - click here].

It appears though that the matter will now be resolved for the next race in Germany, as teams will revert to pre-Silverstone specifications.

“The measures which were communicated to the teams this morning by the FIA Technical Department stand for the rest of the weekend,” the FIA statement read.

“During Saturday morning's Extraordinary Technical Working Group meeting [though], the members discussed the viability of returning to the pre-Silverstone set-ups and strategies.

"If the teams are in unanimous agreement, the FIA is prepared to adopt this arrangement until the end of the current season.”

The teams are now expected to sit down for further talks tomorrow, although whether they can reach a unanimous agreement is open to debate.

“The meeting this morning was held in constructive fashion but there were differences of opinion and different teams went away to consider their positions,” Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn explained in an interview with the BBC. “I hope we will find a solution. It's very difficult when you make a rule change like that in the middle of the season to be equitable.”

“It's a very difficult subject and putting yourself in Charlie Whiting's shoes [FIA race director] it's very difficult,” added Horner. “We all ran reliably in Valencia and it seems the most sensible thing to go back to that.

"The problem is that [what has been done] is effectively a rule change in the middle of the season.”


Related Pictures

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17.04.2011- Garry Connelly (AUS), FIA Steward and Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate
19.05.2011- Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia
28.05.2011- Saturday Practice, Engine Scuderia Ferrari

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oldtimer - Unregistered

July 09, 2011 4:54 PM

You could not make it up if you tried, what a complete farce, first of all there's a problem now there's not apparently. This has brought F1 into complete disrepute, can you imagine them changing the rules in the middle of a test match or Wimbledon. Some heads need to roll and soon before this decends to the level of The News Of The World.



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