Mercedes looking for increased penalty

Tuesday 15-April-2014 09:11

Red Bull have confirmed that Mercedes are the only team that is seeking additional sanction for the Milton Keynes outfit over their appeal of Daniel Ricciardo's Australia Grand Prix disqualification.

During the opening remarks of their appeal on Monday, Red Bull barrister Ali Malek QC said that "only Mercedes believes that the sanction should be increased", after Ricciardo was disqualified from second place from the Australian GP because his car exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow rate.

According to Mercedes' barrister Paul Harris QC, additional punishment could be handed out because new information was submitted to the panel of judges, which means the appeal has became a hearing instead.

"This is a rehearing with new and different evidence than the stewards had [at the time in Australia]," Harris, who also represented Mercedes during the 2013 tyre test tribunal, said in his opening remarks on Monday.

"Now this court has had sight, it can see more clearly than the stewards that the breach was very deliberate; it was a flagrant breach.

"[Red Bull] knew [it was] not compliant, not doing what Mr Lom [FIA head of powertrain] said repeatedly, and knew full well it was being done to obtain and express sporting advantage - 0.4s per lap for Mr Ricciardo."

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