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F1 Exhaust Clamp Down At Silverstone

The FIA are expected to clamp down on exhaust-blown aerodynamic diffusers at next months British grand prix.

The FIA are expected to clamp down on exhaust-blown aerodynamic diffusers at next months British grand prix. The FIA who tried to ban the diffusers at the Spanish grand prix in May, have wrote to all the F1 teams to let them know that the ban will take effect at Silverstone.

Red Bull are the team expected to suffer the most from the ban, with their main rivals McLaren and Ferrari expecting the Silverstone race to be the possible changing point of the 2011 Formula 1 championship. Red Bull have managed to develop the exhaust-blown diffuser more than anyone else, and have so far dominated the start of the 2011 F1 season. Ferrari have confirmed that Silverstone could affect the balance of power between the top teams with team boss Stefano Domenicali commenting in a Spanish newspaper, "Now we need to get the maximum points possible in Valencia and then look at Silverstone, which is where we will see the real effect of the change in the rules."

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh made it clear that he is happy with the rule changes, but it’s not a surprise to learn that Red Bulls Christian Horner has the the opposite view. Red Bull designer Adrian Newey, who designed the current RB7 race car said in Canada, "I agree with rule changes in the middle of a championship for good reason, like safety, but this is not the case. It's absurd." Even though Red Bull have objected to the ban, Sebastian Vettel has said he doesn’t expect it to hurt Red Bull more than any other team.