Brawn: F1 Teams Rejected My Design a Year Ago

Following a list of accusation from some F1 team principals concerning the use of a different rear diffuser design, Ross Brawn decided to break the silence. Flavio Briatore previously accused Brawn of unfair conduct, as the Brawn GP owner had the obligation of telling the other teams about the new designs from his position as technical head within the Formula One Teams Association.

While calling Briatore “uneducated and uninformed”, Brawn revealed he did disclosed his own view on how the rear diffusers should look like approximately a year ago, alongside other ideas he has about the 2009 aerodynamic package.

“I don't like some of the comments some of the other team principals are making but they are uneducated and uninformed so if they looked at the facts then they would realize that. If I'm frank I didn't say 'look we are going to do this diffuser if you don't accept this rule' because I'm not going to tell people what we're doing, but I explained that I felt that we should have a different set of rules to simplify what needs to be done,” said Brawn ahead of the Sepang race this weekend, as reported by British magazine Autosport.

“I offered them and they were rejected, so my conscience is very clear. And those rules that I put on the table would have stopped a lot of things. It would have stopped the diffuser, it would have stopped all those bargeboards around the front, and it would have cleaned the cars up,” added the Englishman.

He also explained why he decided to go on with the different design anyway.

“I have always tried to wear two hats. One is what is good for Formula 1 and I wear that hat for a certain period, then I take that hat off and I wear the 'what's good for my team' one be it Ferrari or whoever it is.”

“When we get in to designing the car and actually creating it, you can't go back then and say 'oh we have found this great new feature I had better stop it', its a different hat you have to wear,” added Brawn.
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