Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification rejected by FIA

Today Red Bull’s appeal to the FIA was rejected, meaning the disqualification handed to Ricciardo stays.

After the Australian Grand Prix, home driver Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from the results after finishing in second place. The disqualification came after his car was discovered to have exceeded the fuel flow rate of 100kg/h during the race.

Red Bull argued that the sensor was faulty and opted to use their own measuring system to determine the fuel flow, going against the FIA’s recommendation for measuring the rate if the sensor fails. During the race weekend Red Bull were suffering with issues relating to their fuel flow meter, claiming it was giving them false readings.

In the Formula One rules, teams are allowed to use their own method of calculating the fuel flow if they can prove the sensor was faulty.

After the FIA dealt Ricciardo with the disqualification, Red Bull appealed to the FIA to get the disqualification overturned. This appeal to the FIA was carried out yesterday, Monday 14th April, before the outcome was announced this morning.

When giving the outcome, the court said:

“The court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the decision No.56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s car (No.3) from the result of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.”

At the hearing Red Bull, the defendant, were not the only F1 team to attend as Mercedes chose to attend the hearing. In addition, a lawyer for Mercedes called for a stricter punishment to be awarded to Red Bull, referring back to a three-race ban awarded to BAR in 2005, when they were found to be running an illegal car.

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