FIA backing sensor supplier

Wednesday 19th March 2014

Share:

FIA backing sensor supplier

FIA backing sensor supplier

Despite Red Bull's complaints about the fuel sensors, which ultimately resulted in Dan Ricciardo's DSQ in Australia, the FIA won't change supplier.

This season teams have been limited to just 100kgs of fuel with a fuel flow rate of 100kgs/per hour. This is measured by an FIA sensor, which motorsport's governing body gets from Gill Sensors in Hampshire.

At the opening grand prix in Australia, Red Bull reportedly encountered several discrepancies with the fuel sensor readings.

The team doubted the sensors and went with their own data during Sunday's grand prix which resulted in Ricciardo being disqualified as the FIA's sensors read that he had exceeded the fuel flow rate.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner blamed "immature technology" and stated that it was "impossible to rely 100 per cent on that sensor, which had proved to be problematic in almost every session that we've run in."

But despite the reigning World Champion's complaints, Gill Sensors insists they have the backing of the FIA.

"Following the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, the FIA have provided Gill Sensors with positive feedback on the performance of the fuel-flow meter, confirming their confidence in the development and stating the meters meet the FIA's accuracy specification," read a statement from the company.

"The meter development included an extensive testing programme, which involved liaising with many of the F1 teams for their valuable feedback on meter design and functionality.

"Meter calibration is handled by the FIA's third party calibration company.

"The meters utilise ultrasonic technology which was selected for its resilience in extreme operating conditions.

"The FIA chose Gill Sensors for this complex development because of Gill's 29 years of proven experience in ultrasonics."

Red Bull intend appealing Ricciardo's disqualification.

Gallery: Race Day In Hungary

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Hungary

Winners & Losers: Hungary

Another epic race with Lewis Hamilton oh-so close to the greatest Formula 1 comeback of all time...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...