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F1 teams sign up to keep diffuser rules

Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that all twelve F1 teams have now agreed to return to pre-Silverstone diffuser rules.
Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that all twelve F1 teams have now agreed to return to pre-Silverstone diffuser rules, following a weekend of discontent at the British Grand Prix.

The FIA issued a statement late on Saturday reporting that an offer had been made to scrap plans to ban blown diffusers - due to have been introduced from the British round - and allow teams to continue with the technology until the end of the season, when new exhaust rules will come into play for 2012.

Pre-race speculation suggested at least two teams – reported to be Ferrari and Sauber - were holding out on the agreement, with championship leaders Red Bull the loudest voice against the proposed changes.

However, following further emergency discussions within the paddock, both Ferrari and Sauber have now joined the remaining ten teams in agreeing to revert back to the regulations seen in Valencia for the European Grand Prix.

What that effectively means is that off-throttle blown diffusers will be made legal from the German Grand Prix onwards despite Charlie Whiting's previous remarks that the device was illegal, although the ban on engine mapping being changed between qualifying and the race will remain in place.

With the twelve teams having reached agreement, all that remains if for the FIA to make the decision official and confirm the legality of the device.

However, while the off-throttle diffusers will remain in place for the remainder of 2011, blown diffusers will be banned at the end of the campaign.



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Kent - Unregistered

July 10, 2011 12:55 PM

I guess one might conclude that this shows that changing the rules in mid-season was a stupid idea... The FIA should follow its own rules about only making mid-season rule changes for safety reasons. Sounds like maybe some degree of sanity is prevailing.

scarface

July 10, 2011 2:38 PM

You have GOT to be joking. I sincerely hope this is the last time we hear about the blown diffuser rule until the end of the year. The rules should be frozen from P1 of the first race until the chequered flag of the last race, safety considerations aside. Teams have a right to know what rules they can design their car with



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