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    The diffuser war of 2009 could rear its head this season as Formula One awaits the rumoured introduction of Mercedes GP's new super diffuser.

    Throughout the final week of pre-season testing, speculation was rife in the Barcelona paddock that Mercedes GP, headed up by Ross Brawn, would unveil a new diffuser design at the season-opening race in Bahrain, which could give them a healthy advantage over their rivals.

    And although the team has confirmed that major upgrades are on the agenda, they have refused to confirm rumours of the diffuser.

    "We have a new package for Bahrain and I hope that's going to make the difference," said Brawn while Nico Rosberg revealed that "the car will make a big step forward in Bahrain. It'll be almost like a new car, so everything might be completely different once we are there."

    The team's refusal to acknowledge the diffuser - or test it at Barcelona - has some questioning whether the rumours have any substance to them.

    "I do not know what Brawn (Mercedes GP) will have in Bahrain, but we'll see if it really is something new," Ferrari's Fernando Alonso told El Pais newspaper.

    "For me, it is just a rumour, like many others. Like for the past year it has been said that Renault is going to leave Formula One."

    But, if it's not just buzz and Mercedes GP do seize the advantage, there could be a repeat of last year's diffuser war as team's squabble about the grey areas in the Formula One regulations.

    In fact, even Brawn admits there could be technical wars between the teams going into the new season.

    "In the last months we have asked many things of (FIA race director) Charlie Whiting to know if they are permitted or not. Some equipment has been taken to the edge of the regulations and could have problems," admitted Brawn.
    http://www.planetf1.com/story/0,1895...996955,00.html



    With this being said, which team won't bring a fair bit of updates for Bahrain anyway?

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      And just after I get confident of McLaren's pace, Mr. Brawn scares me shitless again...

      I think everyone will be bringing significant updates, but Mercedes will have the biggest one, as they didn't really do anything until then...

      "If you could reason with religious people there would be no religious people" - Gregory House
      VODAFONE McLAREN MERCEDES

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        They haven't had a whole year to design this one, don't worry. It won't be like last year. Even if it's quicker it won't be by a lot.

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          Originally posted by Sir Stiggington View Post
          And just after I get confident of McLaren's pace, Mr. Brawn scares me shitless again...

          I think everyone will be bringing significant updates, but Mercedes will have the biggest one, as they didn't really do anything until then...
          I want a video of Stefano's reaction upon first seeing the thing. If it lives up to the speculation I imagine it would be the Italian equivalent of "ahhhh fuck no!!!! fuck no!!!!", then running off to the stewards office.
          Ask me picture framing questions and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.

          One unnamed team principal, asked if Mosley really was going to step down, said he would believe it "only when I see the stake through his heart."

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            It seems teams are just trying to dwarf other teams diffusers, if this carrys on we could have f1 cars with bike wheels at the rear to make room for 8ft wide hyper-diffusers.

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              Next year 'double diffusers' are banned (max diffuser height will be a lot lower).

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                but next year engineers will find something else to exploit

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                  That's good, imo, that's what makes the cars of F1 so great, clever engineers looking for slightly grey areas of the rules.

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                    The rear wing drama:

                    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/81832

                    Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner has revealed that his team and Ferrari are seeking clarification from the FIA about the legality of McLaren's rear wing design.

                    The design of the MP4-25 was the subject of discussion during last week's final pre-season test at Barcelona in Spain - amid suggestions that the layout of its airbox and engine cover was helping to stall the rear-wing at high-speed and delivering the car extra straight-line performance.

                    Now, Horner has revealed, his team and Ferrari have taken the matter to the FIA to ask whether the governing body believes it to be legal.

                    "There's a bit of a fuss over McLaren's rear wing," Horner said during a lunch with British newspaper journalists.

                    "They have a slot on it and they can pick up a lot of straight-line speed. I think it will get resolved before the first race. We've asked the FIA for clarification although I think Ferrari are probably more excited than we are to be honest."

                    Horner said that the introduction of wing slot-gap separators several years ago was designed to stop attempts to stall wings - but he thinks the McLaren design could be being used as a way of getting around the regulations.

                    "Basically, if you stall the wing you take all the drag off it and pick up straight-line speed," he said. "It's something that's been done quite a lot over the years but with the wing separators you're not supposed to do that.

                    "Our question ultimately will be: 'Is it clever design or is it in breach of the regulations'?"
                    Blown wings explained:

                    http://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2010/0...-and-stalling/

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                      That is very clever.

                      Formula1 must really be the greatest place an Engineer can ever hope to work =) That has got to be seriously interesting.

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                        That's my dream

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                          Shell and Ferrari about the fuel development:

                          [YOUTUBE]bh8fD2F4QvE[/YOUTUBE]

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                            I'm starting to find Massa's interviews very boring.

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                              Originally posted by Xeon SX View Post
                              I'm starting to find Massa's interviews very boring.
                              well these promo videos are scripted. Besides the subject matter is fuel, which only James May finds fascinating!
                              "The following program contains British accents, if you don't understand what the bloody hell we are talking about please turn on your closed captioning."
                              -BBC America Top Gear Introduction narrated by John Oliver

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                                Originally posted by pfrocker View Post
                                well these promo videos are scripted. Besides the subject matter is fuel, which only James May finds fascinating!
                                yeah, alonso didn't exactly come across that great either. I reckon any driver will have problems trying to make fuel a riveting topic

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                                  Love the dramatic music.
                                  Ask me picture framing questions and I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.

                                  One unnamed team principal, asked if Mosley really was going to step down, said he would believe it "only when I see the stake through his heart."

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                                    So Ferrari uses Shell. What do the others use?

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                                      Originally posted by zephyrus17 View Post
                                      So Ferrari uses Shell. What do the others use?
                                      Its all check-able. Merc and mclaren uses mobil1, but dunno about the former now, renault and i think red bull uses total, and etc.

                                      For you i suspect it would be some KY Jelly.

                                      Ready for 0 to 100 KPH in 3.2 seconds in R mode ?

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                                        Originally posted by EsPpY View Post
                                        For you i suspect it would be some KY Jelly.
                                        What?! Why?!

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                                          Originally posted by zephyrus17 View Post
                                          What?! Why?!
                                          Lubrication for your stroke

                                          Ready for 0 to 100 KPH in 3.2 seconds in R mode ?

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