Red Bull’s appeal against the exclusion of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian GP is based on the team believing that the rules do not specify that fuel flow has to be measured by the FIA-mandated sensor.
Team boss Christian Horner says that the team’s own readings proved that Ricciardo did not exceed the 100kg/h limit, which is why the team ignored instructions from the FIA to adjust the flow.
“We are appealing on the grounds that we do not believe, we are extremely confident, that we have not broken the rules,” Horner told Sky Sports News. “And that we haven’t exceeded the 100kg/h of fuel that is permitted to be utilized by the car and the engine.
“So that was the reason for our appeal, we feel we have a strong case and it will be down to the appeal court to ultimately decide.
“We have a sensor that is drifting and isn’t reading correctly versus a fuel rail that we know is calibrated and we know that hasn’t varied throughout the weekend and has subsequently been checked and found to be not faulty and hasn’t moved or varied at all since it was installed on the car prior to the weekend.
“Our argument is very simple, that we haven’t broken the Technical Regulations. That we haven’t exceeded the fuel flow limit and that the sensor, which hopefully we will be able to demonstrate in the appeal, is erroneous.”
Horner says simply that the rules don’t actually specify that the fuel measurement has to be made by the FIA sensor, despite the years of work that have gone into developing the device and teams being fully aware of its role.
“We are bound by the Technical and Sporting Regulations. 5.1.4 of the Technical Regulations says you must not exceed 100kg/h of fuel usage. We haven’t done that. Therefore our view is we haven’t broken the regulations and Technical Directives are of non-regulatory value.”Christian Horner, Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1, Red Bull Racing