Brawn GP 001 Race Car Illegal Diffuser Allegations

After allegations abounded last week about several teams having illegal rear diffusers, the Brawn GP 001 newbie car has also jumped on the bandwagon. The highest voice implying that the Brawn GP sports an illegal aerodynamic rear is, as usual, Flavio Briatore. The Italian was quoted a week ago suggesting that three unnamed Formula One teams have rear diffusers that "do not conform to the regulation".

Apparently, the Brackley-based Brawn GP team, who has made everyone's jaws drop with its more-than-splendid pace during testing sessions, has bent the new aerodynamic rules into its favor even further than "the other two". At least this is what the Cologne-based newspaper Express suggests, saying that the Brawn GP 001 aerodynamic package has been questioned by more than one F1 rival team.

The editors from Express imply that the Brawn GP 001's design uses a great downforce-inducing strategy. The car apparently links the underfloor with the rear diffuser in a curved fashion, radically increasing the power of the air sucking the car downwards.

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was quoted this Saturday as saying that the Formula One teams are divided into two sides this year. There are the teams like Ferrari and others which have applied the new 2009 rules "to the letter", and those who allegedly took "a different approach" at following the regulations. "The FIA has to dissipate any doubt; let's hope they'll do it fast and clear," the Ferrari boss was quoted as adding.

The FIA had the opportunity to check up the actual facts with the aerodynamic allegations last week, when official marshals took a visit to the Formula One paddocks during the Barcelona testing sessions. The other two teams related to the "illegal rear diffuser" controversy are Grove-based WilliamsF1 and Toyota F1. The truth about the matter should surface during the following week.
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Alex handled his first real steering wheel at the age of five (on a field) and started practicing "Scandinavian Flicks" at 14 (on non-public gravel roads). Following his time at the University of Journalism, he landed his first real job at the local franchise of Top Gear magazine a few years before Mircea (Panait). Not long after, Alex entered the New Media realm with the project.
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