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Whitmarsh and Horner argue over blown diffuser rule change

Whitmarsh claims the latest FIA ruling allowing Renault to run on 50% throttle gives them a "very substantial performance benefit", while Horner counters, saying that the Mercedes engine firing on over-run "generates a bigger effect".

9 July 2011 - Source
fernando   Fernando Alonso
This must be a tough one for Hamilton... who should he side with - his current boss or his new best pal?
hammy   Lewis Hamilton
It's just another way the frickin' FIA are trying to mess with my head man. They've totally got it in for me.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
I'm sure it's all about you Hamilton, as usual. By the way, guess who those FIA guys have chosen as a steward this weekend.
fernando   Fernando Alonso
Would it be a certain British F1 legend who Hamilton told to keep his trap shut this very week?
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
The very one. And if there's one man's intense scrutiny I wouldn't like to be under, it's Mr. Nigel Mansell.
NigelErnestJamesMansellOBE   Nigel Mansell
While I agree that Lewis' indiscretions of late have been rather unbecoming of a former world champion, and thus a de facto ambassador for our sport, I must vehemently protest your insinuation that any personal gripe between myself and a member of the driving community should have any effect at all on my deliberations and judgements for the coming weekend. I am truly honoured to have been asked to function as a steward for the grand prix at Silverstone, a place dear to my heart ever since my fastest lap as a mere test driver impressed Colin Chapman enough to give me a racing seat at the 1980 Austrian grand prix, a wonderful inaugral moment for a career which was to span well over a decade and present me, my family, friends and supporters with many highs and lows, successes and disappointments, and a debut which in hindsight was only slightly blighted by the second degree buttock burns I endured due to a pre-race fuel leak in my Lotus 81's cockpit.
Horner   Christian Horner
Let's be very clear here, my only concern is that we are all on a level playing field, and everyone is treated equally.
wibbah   Mark Webber
Eh?? Maybe you should run your team like you'd run the FIA Christian?
Horner   Christian Horner
Inter-team politics are a completely different matter from internal team affairs Mark.
rondennis   Ron Dennis
Mike Coughlan didn't seem to think so. He was all about inter-team sharing. Drove me to the bloody drink.
rubens   Rubens Barrichello
This is ridiculous, sometimes I wish we all had the same cars and engines so I'd have a sporting chance.
mschumi   Michael Schumacher
True Rubens, you never did get a fair crack of the whip, only driving a championship winning Ferrari from 2000 to 2004 and a championship winning Brawn in 2009.
Ambrosia   Jerome d'Ambrosio
I still don't understand this blown diffuser thing Fernando. Can you explain it to me?
fernando   Fernando Alonso
The idea is that the the engine software keeps the throttle open to keep exhaust gases flowing all the time, even under braking.
Ambrosia   Jerome d'Ambrosio
That's really interesting, so what should I do differently now that it's gone?
fernando   Fernando Alonso
You'll have to keep the gases flowing yourself Ambrosia. Best advice is to keep the throttle fully in all the way around, that way you should get a great "flying" lap today.

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