Red Bull have lost an appeal against the FIA’s decision to disqualify Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix.
The Aussie finished second at his home Grand Prix last March but was disqualified five hours after the Grand Prix when it was discovered that he exceeded the fuel flow limit of 100kg/h throughout the race.
Red Bull initially argued that the FIA sensor, which had been faulty over the weekend, had broken and was giving incorrect readings, which forced them to use their own calculations to determine the true flow rate on Ricciardo’s car. The rules allow for a team to use a back up system (i.e. their own calculations) if they believe that a sensor has failed, but they must be able to definitely prove that the sensor failed if they do so.
The court of appeal met at the FIA headquarters yesterday. Click here to read my report of the proceedings.
This morning the judgement was announced. In a statement, 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.”
A lawyer for Mercedes referenced BAR’s two race ban in 2005 when they were found to be running with illegal issues. In that case the team had blamed a software issue, like Red Bull have done in this case. The lawyer suggested a stricter punishment for Red Bull, remembering how Red Bull had called for harsher treatment of Mercedes at the FIA International Tribunal last year following the Tyre-Gate scandal. Judge Harry Duijm did not extend Red Bull’s penalty.
Red Bull Statement: