The FIA International Court of Appeal has announced that the meeting, instigated by Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull Racing, will be held on April 14th. This date puts the meeting after the Malaysian Grand Prix and prior to the Chinese event. The reason for the meeting is that the three mentioned teams complained about the diffusers on the Brawn, Williams and Toyota. The diffusers were deemed legal by the stewards, and the trio lodged intent of appeal.
The fact that the appeal cannot be heard until after the second race of the season means that for now, the results of Australia and Malaysia will have to remain provisional. Should the appeal not go in the favour of Williams, Toyota and Brawn, the results of the first two events may change. Especially as these three teams all look very quick in the free practice at the Albert Park circuit.
The FIA’s International Court of Appeal (ICA) has received appeals from National Sporting Authorities in Austria, France and Italy on behalf of Red Bull Racing, ING Renault F1 Team and Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro against the Stewards’ decision at the Grand Prix of Australia to reject the protests lodged regarding the diffusers used by some competitors.
A hearing will be held in Paris on 14th April 2009 at 10:00am CET. FIA Statement.
We wait and see.