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Red Bull submits formal appeal on Ricciardo DQ

Mar 20, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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Red Bull planned to appeal the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo at the Australian Grand Prix over “exceeding consistently” the new fuel flow regulations, and on Thursday, made its intentions reality.

Formal paperwork has been submitted within the four-day window with which to do so, per Autosport and other media reports. A decision could take a couple weeks or more, following a hearing.

As for the reasoning, Red Bull viewed Ricciardo as under the 100 kg/h limit via its own sensor, rather than above the one enforced by the FIA.

The full FIA reasoning is linked here. And this means that the story will go on to the Malaysian and Bahrain Grands Prix in the background of the on-track activity.

  1. Jeff - Mar 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    I will be really surprised if Red Bull wins the appeal. What’s the track record of teams winning an appeal?

    • testover6370 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

      If you consider a token slap on the wrist to be close enough to “winning” an appeal, look no further than last year, when Mercedes egregiously flaunted the testing ban and got off with no further punishment than not being able to participate in the later, less meaningful young drivers test. My prediction is this debacle will proceed similarly. Red Bull will “lose” but Ricciardo’s 2nd place will be reinstated and some other, lighter, form of punishment will be imposed, enough to show that the FIA think they were wrong, but not enough to actually impact them in any way.

    • indycarseries500 - Mar 20, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      In Formula 1 the teams do quite well.

  2. worknman24hours - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    This is a new Formula and a new era in Formula One.

    Red Bull has very openly dared the FIA to come after them by their conduct.

    Red Bull will lose this appeal.

  3. techmeister1 - Mar 20, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    The FIA has failed F1 and the fans so badly with the illegal Mercedes test in ’13 that nothing would surprise me any more. The FIA is a TOTAL DISGRACE and uncrupulous at best. They would make great team partners of RBR who has been caught cheating multiple times every year for the past three years and no punishment has been imposed.

    RBR’s clear violation of the rules in Australia probably mean nothing to the FIA. They are likely to allow them to just go to the next race – like Mercedes in ’13, with zero punishment. It’s just incomprehensible how unscrupulous the FIA has become. They are worse than worthless. They actually are a detriment to F1 racing and a disgrace to all of racing, IMO.

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