Max Mosley reckons the ongoing rear diffuser disputes will continue through Melbourne

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    Max Mosley reckons the ongoing rear diffuser disputes will continue through Melbourne

    Post by Ross on 21st March 2009, 16:25

    Mosley: Diffuser protests will reach Melbourne

    FIA president Max Mosley expects a furore over diffuser legality to hit the start of the 2009 season.

    Brawn, Toyota and Williams have interpreted the technical regulations differently to their rivals and their diffuser designs are set to be protested in Melbourne.

    Mosley admitted that the controversial diffusers fell within a grey area in the rules, and expects a row to erupt in Australia next weekend.

    "It's a very clever device and you can make a very good case for saying that it's legal and a very good case for saying that it's illegal," Mosley told the Daily Telegraph.

    "It's going to be difficult.

    "What's actually happened is that teams are saying 'We think it's illegal for this and this reason.'"

    He said there was no longer time to resolve the issue before the first race.

    "If there had been more time before the detailed objections to the system were sent in, I would probably have sent it to the FIA Court of Appeal before Australia, and actually I have given thought to that this week," Mosley said.

    "But there isn't time. It wouldn't be fair.

    "I think the thing will probably come to some sort of a head in Australia.

    "One possibility is that all the teams agree that it is illegal, and therefore all the teams shouldn't have it from Barcelona.

    "But then those teams who say it is legal will say 'Why should we do that?' And those that say it's illegal will say 'Why should we lose an advantage for four races?'

    "And so probably what will happen is it will end up going to the stewards, who will make a decision.

    "That will almost certainly be appealed by whichever side is disadvantaged, and then that will go to our Court of Appeal and be hammered out."

    Mosley said he had no inkling whether the diffusers would ultimately be declared legal or not.

    "It's not straightforward," he said.

    "I have an open mind on it at the moment - I can see it going either way. I really can.

    "But somebody has to make their mind up and fortunately it's not my job."


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