FIA offers to drop diffuser restrictions

2011 British Grand Prix

Jenson Button, McLaren, Silverstone, 2011

Jenson Button, McLaren, Silverstone, 2011

The FIA has offered to remove the restrictions on exhaust-blown diffusers from the German Grand Prix.

A statement released on Saturday afternoon said: “The measures which were communicated to the teams this morning by the FIA Technical Department stand for the rest of the weekend.

“During Saturday morning?s Extraordinary Technical Working Group meeting, the members discussed the viability of returning to the pre-Silverstone set-ups and strategies.

“If the teams are in unanimous agreement, the FIA is prepared to adopt this arrangement until the end of the current season.”

The British Grand Prix weekend has been marred by arguments over new restrictions on exhaust-blown diffusers.

The FIA tried to restrict teams to using no more than 10% of the throttle, when the driver is off-throttle, to blow air into the diffuser.

Charlie Whiting had allowed teams some exceptions from the rules which were then rescinded this morning. Red Bull’s Christian Horner said the new limits put them at a “disadvantage”.

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119 comments on FIA offers to drop diffuser restrictions

  1. themagicofspeed (@) said on 10th July 2011, 18:50

    this is a total sham, it proves only 2 things:

    1) the FIA are not prepared to put their foot down in the interests of the sport – in my opinion if they were, they would limit everybody to 10% blown throttle, and whoever can adapt to it best will ultimately win.
    2) if this does go ahead, Red Bull will be effectively handed both championships on a plate, and they and anyone else is free to take the p**s out of the regulations as much as they see fit.

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