Red Bull's Ricciardo appeal dismissed

Tuesday 15th April 2014

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Red Bull's Ricciardo appeal dismissed

Red Bull's Ricciardo appeal dismissed

The FIA's International Court of Appeal has dismissed Red Bull's appeal of the decision to disqualify Daniel Ricciardo from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix over a breach of the fuel flow rate regulations.

The Australian finished in second place in his Red Bull debut in the season-opener last month, but was excluded from the race shortly after when it was found that his RB10 "consistently" exceeded the allowed the fuel flow rate of 100kg/h.

Red Bull then claimed that the FIA readings were faulty and that their own measurement device showed that the limits hadn't been exceeded.

The Milton Keynes outfit claimed at the hearing that the relevant technical directive - TD/016-14 - was not regulatory, meaning they were within their rights to dismiss the FIA's request to reduce the fuel flow rate on Ricciardo's car.

Race Director Charlie Whiting and head of powertrains Fabrice Lom attended the hearing as representatives of the FIA, while Mercedes, Lotus, Force India, Williams and McLaren also had representatives present.

After considering both sides of the story, the Harry Dujim-led panel, which also included Rui Botica Santos, Philippe Narmino, Antoniio Rigozzi and Jan Stovicek, found that Ricciardo's disqualification was lawful.

"The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision N56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing's car N3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix," read an FIA statement.

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