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BMW Sauber lodge diffuser appeal in Malaysia 04 Apr 2009

Brawn GP 001 diffuser
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 27 March 2009 Williams FW31 rear diffuser.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, 26 March 2009

BMW Sauber have submitted an official protest to the Malaysia stewards questioning the legality of the diffusers on the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams cars.

The objection, which as expected has been rejected by the stewards and subsequently appealed by BMW Sauber, mirrors the one lodged by Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault in Australia.

BMW's actions in Sepang are thought to be a technicality to ensure that the results from the Malaysian Grand Prix are also considered at the FIA hearing on the issue, to be held later this month.

In Melbourne, the Albert Park stewards rejected the protest from Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault and the three teams running the controversial diffusers were able to race without changing their designs.

Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault subsequently appealed the stewards’ decision and the FIA’s International Court of Appeal will hear the matter in Paris on April 14.