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Sauber paying price for blown exhaust

Ending development of a blown exhaust leaves Sauber on the back foot
Peter Sauber says his team is now paying the price for deciding to scrap development of a blown exhaust system for the 2011 F1 season.

The team elected to halt development of the part earlier this season when the FIA announced that it was to implement a ban, although that decision was then overturned and delayed until later in the year.

It means Sauber has now found itself at a disadvantage after other teams were able to make the most of having a working blown exhaust with the team boss insisting his outfit was paying the price for the FIA's decision to back-track on the initial ruling.

"Our system doesn't work properly," he told Sonntagsblick. "When they tried to ban it all in Barcelona, we decided to stop with all the expensive development.

"We are paying for it now."



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James - Unregistered

September 13, 2011 9:35 AM

Although that is bad news for the rest of this season, it provides hope for the next one, as a competitive disadvantage of theirs will be erased with the blown diffuser ban. Hopefully this means Sauber will be more competitive next season as their two drivers deserve a car that can allow them to challenge higher up.



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