Red Bull plans protest against Brawn
24 March 2009 – Red Bull Racing has threatened to protest against the design of the diffuser used by the new Brawn GP team, as the F1 circus heads to Australia for the first race of the year this weekend. If such a situation arises, Brawn's fate will lie in the hands of the event's stewards.
Before practice gets underway on Friday, however, all cars must first be examined by FIA-appointed scrutineers. Red Bull has made its feelings clear though that it is sure the part does not conform to 2009 regulations. "It's illegal," Helmut Marko said on behalf of the team. "We'll make a protest on Thursday if the component isn't modified to meet the regulations, because that diffuser guarantees a half second advantage every lap - seven teams are certain it's illegal," he explained to Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Ex-Honda team showed impressive performances in its only two pre-season tests, topping the timesheets with both drivers at the wheel in Barcelona and Jerez. Marko's comments follow those of FIA President Max Mosley, at the end of last week, predicted controversy over the diffusers of Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams.