Date: 23rd May 2011 at 10:54am
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They might be seen as the whipping boys of Formula One, but the Hispania Racing Team might be about to take on the big boys this week.

Hispania are considering making an official protest to the FIA over the use of hot-blown diffusers.

FIA technical chief Charlie Whiting has already ruled that the system used by Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari, Mercedes, Renault, Sauber, Toro Rosso, Force India and Team Lotus is against the rules, but opted to postpone a ban until another meeting with teams on June 16th, thus allowing teams to continue as normal in Spain and this weekend in Monaco and the following race in Canada.

But that decision has not pleased Hispania, Virgin and Williams who are not using the technology.

‘This is illegal, You cannot influence the aerodynamics by hot exhaust gasses or any moveable devices.’ Hispania team boss Colin Kolles told the BBC.

‘We have studied this very carefully. The point is it is not corresponding to the regulations. It brings the other teams a huge advantage.

‘If this is not going to be stopped before Monaco we have no other choice than to make a protest.


The hot-blown diffuser allows the flow of gases out of the exhaust even when drivers are off the throttle, this then gives improved downforce to the car and gives the driver more grip through the corner.