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Symonds: Exhaust-blown diffuser ban will help small teams

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Marussia’s Pat Synonds expects the F1 field to close up in 2012.


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New diffuser rules ‘help small teams’ (Autosport)

“For small teams like [Marussia] that is not a bad thing. It was difficult to understand and make work, and the new regulations make things a little bit easier.

Horner expects Webber revival (ESPN)

“Mark had a difficult start to the year but he adapted and he worked hard at it and he worked hard to understand the tyres in particular.”

Watson wants Kimi commitment (Sky)

“Tyres, aerodynamics and technology have moved on since Kimi [Raikkonen] was last in the sport in 2009, so it will be difficult. But Kimi is the kind of guy who is ostensibly laid-back, so will take it in his stride.”

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