The diffuser controversy explained (Video)

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Here’s an excellent video from Speed TV’s Steve Matchett explaining the diffuser controversy in detail, with some fascinating close-ups of the three controversial cars: This video was published before today’s appeal court ruling which decided that the diffusers used by Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota are legal.

F1 links: Ferrari swap Baldisserri for Dyer

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Baldisserri gets factory role in reshuffle "The staff changes mean that Baldisserri will no longer attend races, with his role at the races now being taken by chief track engineer Chris Dyer." James Allen on the diffuser hearing "Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and Red Bull know that the first four races – a quarter of the … Continue reading F1 links: Ferrari swap Baldisserri for Dyer

Button eyes hat-trick at Shanghai (Chinese Grand Prix preview)

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F1 returns to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix just five races since its last visit. The earlier appearance for the track on the schedule means the teams can expect cooler conditions – and a greater chance of rain. They will also have to get to grips with the super-soft tyre which caused so many … Continue reading Button eyes hat-trick at Shanghai (Chinese Grand Prix preview)

F1 links: Diffuser row latest

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Byrne doubts diffuser legality claims No surprise there, then… It’s More Than Just Diffusers… Christian Horner: "The cars are going quicker through the corners now. And the contention over the double diffuser is that the corner speeds will only increase dramatically as they become more refined. The regulations haven’t succeeded in slowing the cars, but … Continue reading F1 links: Diffuser row latest

Will the F1 teams back a candidate in the FIA president election?

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Before the season began the F1 teams’ association (FOTA) declared they wanted to co-operate with the FIA, as regulators of F1, and Formula One Management, as the commercial owners, to work for the good of the sport. Luca Montezemolo declared: Every sport needs a strong political authority and regulator because we are not in a … Continue reading Will the F1 teams back a candidate in the FIA president election?

Drivers object to late race starts but Abu Dhabi wants special start time for finale

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The F1 drivers have collectively voiced their unhappiness about late race start times. A GPDA representative confirmed to Autosport the Malaysian Grand Prix might have been re-started had it not been started so late: It wasn’t the rain that was the problem in Malaysia, because it can rain just as heavily at 2pm as it … Continue reading Drivers object to late race starts but Abu Dhabi wants special start time for finale

BBC F1 TV ratings for first two races of 2009

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How is the BBC faring since taking over from ITV as Britain’s F1 broadcaster? Here’s its preliminary viewing figures for the first two races: 2009 Australian Grand Prix live: 2.1m average, 3.4m peak 2009 Australian Grand Prix repeat: 2.8m average 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix live: 4.4m average, 5.2m peak Last year ITV’s replay of the … Continue reading BBC F1 TV ratings for first two races of 2009

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