Much has been written about Brawn and their last ditch survival attempt that came through and their superior dominance in the little of 09 season that we have seen. Much has also been written about their interpretation of the new rules and the ‘different’ diffuser that they are sporting.
While many believe that the diffuser is the ‘only’ reason that the Brawns are so quick, I disagree. Ross Brawn is one of the most respected aerodynamicists in Formula1 and he has won as many World Titles as Michael Schumacher. The design of the Brawn cars is more fluid and treats the airflow better than the competitors and hence a better balance while driving the car. Testimony to this fact is that Rubens’ diffuser was damaged when Kimi punted his rear, but he still managed to keep top pace before being gifted his 2nd place.
The diffuser has been a cause of concern for the FIA – with three teams claiming a different interpretation and the rest crying foul and lodging protests. The FIA is to meet mid-April to take a stance on the diffuser saga. As always I will stay away from predicting the outcome of the meeting, but if history has anything to go by the diffuser protest will be shown the door.
However, does this mean that Brawns will score wins at each GP? Does this mean that the other teams will not be able to catch up all season, especially considering the mid-season testing ban?
Well, one thing for sure is that the FIA will bring the currently lopsided grid to a level playing field. By either declaring the innovative diffuser as illegal, thereby forcing the Brawns, Toyotas and Williams to make amends, or they will deem it legal and then allow the other teams to ‘copy’ the diffuser.
Whichever way the ruling goes – one thing for sure is that we will see the power of Ferraris and McLarens, off track! Such are the ways of Formula1…