xpensive wrote:rjsa wrote:...
You forgot to mentio, Brawn being part of the technical group that proposed the new rules exploited successfully a loophole that he devised and was not acted upon by the rule makers.
This is one of the most bizarre urban legends of all, probably spread by himself and never documented. Fact is however that MrM spoke out already in late January 2009, after the first reports of the "DDD", that he saw the whole thing as highly innovative and not at all circumventing the rules or the spirit thereof, directly overrunning Charlie Whiting with a stroke of a pen.
In all probability, MrM was in collusion with his old machine operator all the time, all in order to upset FOTA's applecart.
http://allenonf1.wordpress.com/2009/04/ ... consience/
James Allen wrote:Interested to see that Ross Brawn has started responding to the criticism levelled at him by Flavio Briatore that he has misused his position as chair of the technical working group by not declaring his hand on the diffuser issue whenthe rules for 2009 were being discussed. Brawn raised the subject early last year, he says and proposed that the rules be tightened up.
“In March 2008 that was offered. If I’m frank I didn’t say ‘look we are going to do this diffuser if you don’t accept this rule’ because I’m not going to tell people what we’re doing, but I explained that I felt that we should have a different set of rules to simplify what needs to be done,” he said.
“I offered them and they were rejected, so my conscience is very clear. And those rules that I put on the table would have stopped a lot of things. It would have stopped the diffuser, it would have stopped all those bargeboards around the front, and it would have cleaned the cars up.”
I’ve been told by a senior engineer from a non-trick diffuser team that Brawn came to one meeting and said, albeit not in so many words, “Look we need to change the rules here because we are going to be miles ahead next year.”
The others chuckled politely given how far back Honda were at the time. They are not chuckling now.