Only two years after amiably leaving Ferrari, Ross Brawn is at war with his former team.

Only two years after amiably leaving Ferrari, Ross Brawn is at war with his former team.

The 54-year-old Briton, formerly technical director with the famous Italian marque, now runs his own team, the ex-Honda operation Brawn GP.

The Brackley based team has stunned its rivals with prodigious winter test pace, but as the circus congregates in Australia for the 2009 opener, rivals have questioned the legality of its (and two other teams') rear diffuser.

Red Bull, BMW and other teams are expected to lodge formal protests, but so angry is Ferrari that it is understood the Maranello marque is planning to also protest after Sunday's chequered flag.

Ross Brawn on Thursday reacted to Ferrari's stance.

"Ferrari have only woken up because someone has driven faster than them," Brawn is quoted as saying by the Mirror.

He added: "The accusations are coming from teams who did not come up with the idea and now they are getting angry.

"For anyone who has read the rules it was quite obvious," said Brawn.

 

 

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