The controversy over the legality of rear diffusers is simply sour grapes about the cleverness of some teams, according to Sam Michael.

The controversy over the legality of rear diffusers is simply sour grapes about the cleverness of some teams, according to Sam Michael.

Williams, led technically by the 37-year-old Australian, is one of three teams in danger of being formally protested against this weekend, as some other competitors question the legality of the aerodynamic solutions.

"Our team is very much within the regulations. I don't know what the fuss is about," technical director Michael is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

It was expected that - like Williams, Toyota and Brawn - other teams might now move to also exploit the loophole in the diffuser rules.

But it is understood that while some teams have experimented with the concept in their respective wind tunnels, the modified diffusers do not necessarily match up with the overall design philosophies.

Sam Michael said: "People are complaining rather than putting their hands up and saying 'we didn't think of it because we weren't looking at the rules hard enough'."

 

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