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Whiting to attend Jerez tests?

ESPNF1 Staff
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It is being reported that Charlie Whiting, the FIA's technical delegate, will attend the first test of the season at Jerez next week.

The news follows speculation some teams are flying too close to the limits of the regulations with their new cars, notwithstanding the banning of blown exhausts.

At the launch of the new McLaren, for instance, the exhausts and the diffuser were carefully hidden. "The fact of the matter is that exhausts exist on a car, you have to have them, they blow gas," said the team's technical director Paddy Lowe. "That will always generate some performance, a finite level of performance."

When the very aggressive-looking new Ferrari was unveiled in Italy on Friday, team president Luca di Montezemolo said he hoped arguments about the rules would not overshadow 2012.