Teams Predicting Longer Deadline for Double Diffusers
But then again, the copying – although it would be safer to say “development” – of the double diffuser is still keeping the headlines within the F1 paddock. The rush for having the new diffuser up and running by the Spanish Grand Prix began weeks ago, ever since the FIA ruled out the team's protest over the aforementioned design.
Renault and McLaren seem to be the most advanced in getting it right by the Barcelona event, as they've already used an interim version of the diffuser during the last couple of races. As announced by Renault boss Flavio Briatore, his team will debut a much more sophisticated diffuser in Spain, with further modifications being brought to the R29's pipeline. A final and improved version of it is believed to see daylight during the Monaco Grand Prix.
Ferrari, on the other hand, will take longer to develop the double diffuser, as the Scuderia will only debut a first-phase design in Spain. Although admitting his team will develop the new diffuser continuously, team boss Stefano Domenicali also insisted time is not on Ferrari's side at the moment.
“In terms of development, the situation gives you massive possibility for future development, but it will take time. But at least the first prototype should be ready for the next race,” said Domenicali.
Although they announced they'll have a double diffuser ready by the Monaco Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing unveiled a final and improved version of the device will only be available during the British GP. However, the RB5 will feature first-phase modifications in terms of rear diffuser from as early as Monte Carlo.