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Australian Grand Prix: Red Bull to appeal Ricciardo exclusion

Red Bull will appeal Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix, believing the car complied with regulations
Red Bull has announced its intention to appeal Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo had originally secured his first F1 podium by finishing second behind Nico Rosberg in Melbourne before he was excluded from his home race as his car had exceeded the maximum fuel flow.

The FIA acknowledged issues Red Bull encountered with its FIA-homologated fuel flow sensor, but said it was the team's duty to ensure the car was legal and added that “it is not within their discretion to run a different fuel flow measurement method without the permission of the FIA” after Red Bull ran using their own fuel flow model.

However, Red Bull immediately issued a statement making clear that it will appeal the decision as it believes its car complied with the regulations.

“Following the decision of the FIA that Infiniti Red Bull Racing is in breach of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 5.1.4 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations with Car 3, the Team has notified the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect,” the statement read.

“Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The Team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations.”

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March 16, 2014 2:58 PM

Red Bull were warned during the race by race control that the fuel flow rate was high and were given the opportunity to reduce the flow to within the limit, they chose not to, they believed their readings over those of the FIA. All the above took place during the race, and with race control, maybe RBR is now pretending to run and control the racing themselves.


March 16, 2014 2:01 PM

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