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04/04/09
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BMW to also protest illegal diffusers UPDATE #2 (GMM)  Team boss Mario Theissen on Saturday confirmed reports that BMW has formally protested the legality of the 'twin diffuser' cars.

We reported earlier that the Hinwil based team, having attempted to protest in Australia a week ago, in Malaysia protested again against the controversial solutions at the rear of the Brawn, Williams and Toyota cars.

It was suggested the move is so BMW-Sauber can fully take part in the forthcoming appeal hearing at the FIA Court of Appeal, but it is also reported that the new protest will make Malaysia's results relevant to any decision the court may take.

The German news agency DPA said BMW lodged the papers with FIA officials after qualifying at Sepang.

"This is merely a formal act," Theissen said, meaning BMW officially joins the 'anti-diffuser' gang also made up of Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull.

In qualifying, four of the five quickest cars featured the disputed aerodynamic concept.

"It remains difficult to break into the ranks of the teams with the two step diffusers," Theissen said.

04/04/09 (GMM)  BMW-Sauber was tipped to officially join the 'anti-diffuser' club on Saturday.

Germany's Auto Motor und Sport claims the Hinwil based team, watched on in Malaysia this weekend by founder Peter Sauber, is set to formally protest against the controversial Brawn, Williams and Toyota cars.

Like Red Bull, Renault and Ferrari, BMW actually attempted to protest the double-diffuser cars in Australia, but fell foul of a technicality.

Given the stewards' ruling at Albert Park, the team knows this protest will also be thrown out, but it will allow BMW to fully take part in the forthcoming appeal hearing at the FIA Court of Appeal.

04/04/09 The BMW Sauber team has announced that it is to join three others in travelling to Paris on Monday 14 April, in order to appeal against the FIA's decision to legalize the controversial diffusers run by the Brawn, Williams and Toyota teams. A decision will be made by the governing body's Court of Appeal, after Australian race stewards declared the cars legal last weekend. “We have announced that we want to be heard in the appeal hearing, and that has been confirmed by the Internation Court of Appeal (ICA)," BMW's motorsport director, Dr. Mario Theissen, informed Autosport. "We are joining as an affected, or concerned, party."
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