And who better to aim at but former team Ferrari? The new team owner blasted the Scuderia for waking up in the eleventh hour and not knowing how to interpret the new aerodynamic regulations. According to Brawn, there is nothing illegal with the rear format of his team's car and that could easily be checked by analyzing the FIA rule book.
“Ferrari have only woken up because someone has driven faster than them. The accusations are coming from teams who did not come up with the idea and now they are getting angry. For anyone who has read the rules it was quite obvious,” said Brawn in an interview for British newspaper The Mirror.
The Brawn GP 001 has shown consistent pace during the last couple of group tests, topping most of the timing sheets ahead of the other competitors. As revealed later on, the car's rear diffuser design – featuring a twin-deck concept – brings some important improvements in terms of downforce and practically “sucks” the car downwards, therefore providing greater cornering speeds.
Renault were the first team to announce their disagreement with the new design – as well as the ones used by Williams F1 and Toyota – while later joined by Red Bull Racing and BMW Sauber. Ferrari have not yet submitted their official protest to the rear diffuser designs, but will reportedly do so in the days to come.