Narain Karthikeyan

It would seem that Hispania Racing may have softened in its support to have 2011-style the exhaust blown diffusers banned by the FIA, as the sport’s governing body launches a crackdown on many of the teams exploiting a loophole in the sport’s regulations.

And the reason for this? One of the updates that the Spanish team brought to debut on its F110 chassis was a new blown exhaust system designed by technical director Geoff Willis in conjunction with engine supplier Cosworth.

The news now means that Virgin Racing is effectively the only outfit not running the device, which channels engine exhaust gases through the diffuser even when the throttle is not being applied, which gives greater cornering speeds.

According to Auto Motor und Sport, Virgin Racing – which recently sacked its lead designer Nick Wirth – won’t reintroduce its version of the concept until the British Grand Prix at the earliest.

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