McLaren Mercedes to be heard at diffuser appeal 

Written by David on April 09th, 2009 at 9:59 amLast Update: April 09th, 2009 at 9:59 am

The McLaren Mercedes F1 team has asked the FIA to be heard at the upcoming International Court of Appeal hearing in Paris on April 14th, where Formula One’s governing body will discuss the appeals lodged by Scuderia Ferrari, Red Bull Racing, Renault and the BMW Sauber F1 team over the legality of Williams’, Brawn GP’s and Toyota’s rear diffuser design.

The FIA issued a press release on Wednesday confirming that McLaren Mercedes, along with the involved teams asked to be heard during the hearing. The FIA press release read:

The following hearing of the International Court of Appeal will take place in Paris:


Appeals lodged by:

  • OSK/ÖAMTC on behalf of its competitor Red Bull Racing;
  • FFSA on behalf of its competitor ING Renault F1 Team;
  • CSAI on behalf of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

against decisions numbered 16 to 24 taken by the Panel of the Stewards on 26 March 2009 at the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia and counting towards the 2009 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Prior to the 2009 Grand Prix of Australia, Red Bull Racing, ING Renault F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro submitted protests to the Panel of Stewards arguing that the cars of Brawn GP Formula One Team, AT&T Williams and Panasonic Toyota Racing did not comply with the 2009 Formula One Technical Regulations. The disputes relate in particular to the technical design of the diffuser devices used by the latter three teams. The Panel of the Stewards rejected the protests submitted.

Red Bull Racing, ING Renault F1 and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro have (through their respective ASNs) appealed the Stewards’ decisions.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, Brawn GP Formula One Team, AT&T Williams, BMW Sauber F1 Team and Panasonic Toyota Racing have (through their respective ASNs) asked to be heard by the Court.

When: 10.00 hrs – Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Where: FIA Salle du Comité, 8, place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

Decision: The decisions are expected on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, in the afternoon.

One Comment

  1. More of a question, we all know Ross Brawn is very respected and would not off come back to F1 just to make up the numbers.
    My point ?, what deal has he done with Mercedes ????
    Where did that one come from ????????????
    Which team gets priority attention from Mercedes??????????
    Ignore the “Liesgate” smoke screen, Ron Denniss has stepped down, is this because he no longer has Mercedes full backing ?????????

    Why has no one been asking these questions ?????

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