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The Brawn GP team are one of the surprise favourites to win the Australian GP. Their car is one of three teams to use the modified rear diffusers that other teams claim is against F1 specifications,
The Brawn GP team are one of the surprise favourites to win the Australian GP. Their car is one of three teams to use the modified rear diffusers that other teams claim is against F1 specifications,
The Brawn GP team are one of the surprise favourites to win the Australian GP. Their car is one of three teams to use the modified rear diffusers that other teams claim is against F1 specifications,

Red Bull threatens protest over rival cars

The Red Bull F1 team says they will lodge a protest if the cars from the rival teams Toyota, Brawn and Williams pass scrutineering.

MELBOURNE // Red Bull says they will lodge a protest at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix if the cars from the rival teams Toyota, Brawn and Williams pass scrutineering on Thursday, as the debate rages over the legality of their bodywork. The three teams are at the centre of a dispute over their rear diffusers, the part of the bodywork that comes up from the undertray to disperse air from under the car. Strict new regulations limit the size of the diffusers.

The three teams have found a potential loophole in the specifications by designing their rear bodywork to effectively act as part of the diffuser, increasing its size. Red Bull team adviser Helmut Marko said a protest will be lodged if those teams are passed to compete following Thursday's scrutineering, performed by officials from the sport's governing body FIA. "We'll make a protest on Thursday if the component isn't modified to conform to the regulations, because that diffuser guarantees a five-tenths (of a second) advantage per lap," Marko told Sky Sports on Tuesday.

"Seven teams are certain it's illegal." The Renault team principal Flavio Briatore had previously remarked that he would consider a protest if the Williams, Toyota and Brawn bodywork get the thumbs up. The Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali believes the bodywork breaks the rules, but wants a pre-race resolution, hoping to prevent the dispute blemishing the opening race of the season on Sunday.

"We are convinced that certain interpretations that have been applied do not correspond to the nature of the rules," he said earlier this week. "If that extractor is illegal then it must not be used, while if it is legal it's up to the other teams, including us, to try to adapt as soon as possible, because performance is found in that area of the car, "There needs to be a great sense of responsibility on everyone's part. ĢI hope this issue can be resolved beforehand."

*AP

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