Raikkonen believes the conclusion too 'Diffusergate' will be vital for the 2009 championship

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    Raikkonen believes the conclusion too 'Diffusergate' will be vital for the 2009 championship

    Post by Mike on 8th April 2009, 08:58

    Raikkonen: Diffuser decision crucial for 2009

    Raikkonen belives next weeks meeting will be one of the most vital of modern times

    Next week's FIA hearing on diffusers will be one of the most vital moments in this year's World Championship, according to 2007 Champion Kimi Räikkönen. It is true to say that the Finn shares this opinion with almost everybody in the F1 paddock, as the fate of the Brawn, Toyota and Williams teams is set to be decided on Tuesday.

    The issue first sprung up in winter testing, as other constructors began to question the validity of the diffusers on the Williams FW31 and Toyota TF109. The argument of rivals was strengthened with the arrival of the Brawn team to the top of the timesheets at the Circuit de Catalunya on 11 March, as Button and Barrichello firmly stamped their authority on the field.

    Since then, no less than four FIA inspections have cleared the cars in question as legal, despite much wrangling from competitors. "The FIA will decide about the diffusers, and this decision will have an enormous impact on the championship," Ferrari's Räikkönen said. "We're missing grip and downforce; you just need to analyse the performances in the three sectors at Sepang to understand that we're losing a lot compared to the best cars - you could see, especially in the middle sector, where downforce is really crucial.

    Although the diffusers have twice been cleared in protests from Ferrari, Renault, Red Bull and BMW at Albert Park and Sepang, the 'diffuser club' could see all current results wiped away in the event of the FIA International Court of Appeal (ICA) declaring the cars illegal - this would change the championship thus far almost beyond recognition, promoting Fernando Alonso to victory in Melbourne with Nick Heidfeld taking the top position from Malaysia, which would be his first Grand Prix win.

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