Sergio Perez, Sauber, Istanbul, 2011

FIA postpone restrictions on exhaust-blown diffusers

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: the FIA is to restrict how teams use their exhaust-blown diffusers.


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Teams get reprieve over blown diffusers (Autosport)

“It is understood that the FIA is keen for the off-throttle usage to be stamped out as soon as it can be implemented without causing further complications for the teams.”

Neel Jani on Twitter

“Really worked my neck out on Sunday with over 400km testing in Red Bull Racing’s RBR7 F1 car! What a machine it is!”

Mark Webber, Valentino Rossi, Silverstone, 2011
Mark Webber, Valentino Rossi, Silverstone, 2011

Mark Webber on Twitter

“Ducati boys gave me a little bit of work today for a few laps.”

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Witness – Expelled from Bahrain, a nation now in fear (Reuters)

“Reuters correspondent Frederik Richter left Bahrain on Tuesday, a week after the government announced it was expelling him from the Gulf kingdom for his coverage of a crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.”

Spanish GP – A third trip to Barcelona (Ferrari)

“Continuing with the car development, the 150??? Italia will be fitted with new floor configurations in Spain, along with modifications to the front and rear wings. Much of the development work has centred on improving the car?s performance over a single lap in qualifying, a phrase that maybe sounds like a mantra now, as it has been the case since the start of the season and actually during previous years too.”

Adam Cooper on Twitter

“Former F1 privateer Pete Lovely has died at the age of 85. The American started seven Grands Prix between 1960 and ’71, mostly in his Lotus 49B.”

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Formula One Fantasy – Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari (F1)

“Q: If you could choose one former world champion as your team mate, who would you choose and why?
JA: Sebastian Vettel. There is much to learn from him. At the moment he is the best driver on the grid – and if you could beat him you would be even better than him!”

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Comment of the day

Graeme Hunter remembers watching the 1981 Belgian Grand Prix:

I was nine, and the start-line incident horrified me, I didn?t watch F1 for about a year afterwards, having started watching when I was four.

Obviously as a fan of motor racing at that time, I?d seen plenty of crashes, but this was something different, really affected me.
Graeme Hunter

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On this day in F1

Lotus started their first race on this day at Monaco in 1958.