Red Bull have announced that they are to appeal Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.
Post-race scrutinizing found that Ricciardo’s Red Bull had been consuming more than the permitted 100kgs per hour that the regulations have set this season, meaning that he was in breach or the regulations and would thus receive a disqualification.
However, a spanner was thrown in the works when Red Bull argued that the FIA was to blame. The equipment which is used to monitor the fuel flow had caused problems on Saturday and led the FIA to change the apparatus before the race, which Red Bull claimed had caused inconsistencies. The stewards spent over four hours deliberating and finally ruled that Red Bull had exceeded the limits. Red Bull disagree and say they are in compliance with the rules, blaming the fuel flow meter for giving faulty data.
A statement from the team read: “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.
“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.”
Ricciardo battled for most of the race with McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen who finished third on his Formula One debut. Unusually, Ricciardo was told mid-race that he did not have to worry about fuel conservation. This suggests that Red Bull may have misread the fuel data, or been given faulty information.
As a result of Ricciardo’s disqualification, Kevin Magnussen has been promoted to second place on his debut Grand Prix, and his team-mate Jenson Button takes the final podium position.
You can see the full report on today’s race here.
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