Fresh diffuser protest from BMW rejected

d07esp150The row over the legality of the diffusers on the Brawn GP, Williams and Toyota cars is unlikely to be resolved before the FIA International Court of Appeal hearing on April 14 after the latest protest against the two floor design – this time from BMW Sauber – was rejected in Malaysia on Saturday.

Following protests from Renault, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari in Melbourne, BMW Sauber today lodged a fresh complaint to the stewards at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The protest was rejected by the stewards but BMW Sauber appealed against the decision to ensure that the results of the Malaysian Grand Prix are taken into account at the International Court of Appeal hearing after Easter.

“It was just a formal issue in order to make sure that this race is taken into consideration at the appeal, like Melbourne,” BMW boss Mario Theissen said. “There is nothing more than that.”

“It is in order to make it clear it is a formal thing and has nothing to do with what goes on on the weekend here. We just want to make sure that at the court of appeal they will decide on both events.”

Should those teams protesting against the diffuser ‘gang of three’ win their appeal it is possible they would call on the ICN to overturn the results of both the Australian and Malaysian grand prix.