Theissen: We are working on a diffuser

p90044825-zoomBMW boss Mario Theissen has admitted that his team are already working on a new diffuser for their Formula One car in case the Court of Appeal finds the design legal next week.

BMW are one of a handful of F1 teams who have complained that the diffusers that Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams are running are illegal. Next week, the Court of Appeal will decide whether the diffusers are legal or not. BMW are taking no chances and in the case that the diffusers are declared legal, they will already have made significant headway on their own version.

So far, the diffusers look to be a critical part of F1 cars with two of the three teams running the technology looking to have a significant advantage Brawn GP have won in both Australia and Malaysia and Toyota are also running well. However should the diffusers be deemed illegal, it is possible that Jenson Button will be stripped of his race wins this season.

“Two of the three teams with a two-stage diffuser are clearly quicker,” Theissen explained to Reuters. “Brawn as number one and then Toyota.

“Everybody (is working on their own). We cannot sit back and wait until the Court of Appeal if held and we have a decision. We have to work on it and we are spending money on it.

“The sooner it is sorted out, the better. But you cannot expect to make up for such a big gap within a few weeks. And it is clear that the teams that have it already are developing their cars as well.”

Briatore speaks out (again) about diffusers

REN2008110197660 PVRenault team principal Flavio Briatore has again spoken out about the diffuser controversy that he believes is causing his team’s lack of performance this season. The Italian told Autosport he was conscious of all three “diffuser gang” teams’ superior speed, and that everybody else was suffering.

“Like everybody else, excluding three teams, everybody is having a tough time,” Briatore said.

“Malaysia was tough as well, especially with the weather, and our downforce is very poor. And this is very clear.

“But we do not give up, absolutely. We have the hearing [of the FIA’s Court of Appeal] on April 14 and we need to see what happens as well,” he maintained.

In a vicious dig at Williams, Briatore said that the team’s diffuser entirely explained their drivers’ competitiveness.

“This weekend it was so clear what happened. It is not normal. In this moment, Kazuki Nakajima is a fantastic driver, but these people did not make such a big improvement from last year…It is very clear there is a lot of downforce and a lot of ground effect.”

Briatore faces more difficulties up ahead if his car’s performance fails to improve. Star driver Fernando Alonso, although performing brilliantly so far this season, will most probably leave if Renault do not become competitive soon. Meanwhile, Nelson Piquet’s errant performances have raised concerns in the paddock about his ability to remain at the pinnacle of motorsport.