First two rounds marred by diffuser row

Formula One’s opening two rounds will run under appeal after Australian Grand Prix stewards declared the diffusers on Brawn GP's, Williams' and Toyota's cars legal.

More than four hours of discussions took place between the affected teams and the stewards before it was decided to pass the diffusers through scruteneering.

However, Ferrari, Renault and Red Bull Racing have lodged appeals against the decision and they will now be heard by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal after next weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix will therefore run under appeal, while a further appeal is likely to be lodged at next week’s race as well.

Meanwhile, reports from Melbourne have suggested that Richard Branson’s Virgin Group will be Brawn GP’s major sponsor this year, and that the cars could even be in Virgin colours for tomorrow’s first practice session.

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