Diffusing the engine situation

Diffusing the engine situation

Engines proved the major talking point at Barcelona last weekend, both with regards to exhaust-blown diffusers and the new breed of powerplants due to come into F1 in 2013. Tony Dodgins gives his forthright opinions on both issues

One way and another engines dominated the paddock breeze in Barcelona. First, there was the pre-event technical directive sent around by FIA technical delegate Charlie Whiting informing everyone that, in his opinion, hot blown diffusers are illegal.

Exhaust blown diffusers aren't new, so what was suddenly the problem? It's worth knowing that when Charlie issues such a directive it is often prompted by a team query. So who had been asking questions? And why? Often, it's someone who can't readily get a handle on something a rival is doing very well, and therefore wants it banned.

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