While Briatore recently accused three teams of fielding illegal solutions at the rear of their 2009 cars, technical boss Symonds patted his rivals on the back for clever engineering.

Pat Symonds has contradicted his Renault boss Flavio Briatore over the rear diffuser saga.

While Briatore recently accused three teams of fielding illegal solutions at the rear of their 2009 cars, technical boss Symonds patted his rivals on the back for clever engineering.

"Toyota and Williams have found a very good, very interesting solution with the diffuser which we hadn't done and I'm sure that everyone is looking at that at the moment," the Briton is quoted as saying recently by Australasian Motorsport News.

A giant row about the issue is brewing ahead of the Australian grand prix, with formal protests against the aforementioned teams, and also Brawn GP, possible.

On Monday, Ferrari made clearer its position against the disputed diffuser designs.

"We are convinced that certain interpretations that have been applied do not correspond to the nature of the regulations," team boss Stefano Domenicali told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"We expect the federation (FIA) to clarify its position as soon as possible. If it is illegal it should not be used, and if it is legal then other teams, including us, will try to adapt."

 

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