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Report: Red Bull explains how it plans to appeal Australian DQ

Mar 26, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

Ricciardo AP

The issue of regulatory language is in Red Bull’s belief that it didn’t commit a violation of Formula One’s new fuel flow regulations.

That’s how the team admits it’s planning to appeal the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from second place in the Australian Grand Prix, per an Autosport report.

“Technical directives are not of regulatory value,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Autosport. “They are the opinion of the technical delegate – as was made clear in the Pirelli case [the Mercedes secret test], which clearly stated that opinions of Charlie are not regulatory.”

Essentially, Red Bull is saying that technical directives issued from the FIA are not binding, and that if the car’s fuel flow rate was within F1’s technical regulations, it was legal.

The appeal hearing is set for April 14 in Paris; how the ruling comes down will go a long ways toward determining who holds the ultimate control of power and regulations in F1. If teams can run legally with their own fuel sensors, this could open the floodgates for teams to work against the sanctioning body.

As it is, it’s an early case of the off-track news getting more ink – or web space – than the on-track product.

  1. abruschi3 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Great report, keep the F1 artciles coming.
    Also by any chance do you see any chance for MotoGP / AMA Supercross articles being written on nbcsports?

  2. techmeister1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    If the FIA allows Red B.S. Racing to cheat like this AGAIN – which would be NO surprise at all after they allowed Mercedes to cheat with an illegal tire test in ’13, the FIA might as well pack their bags and turn out the lights as they are a disgrace on every possible level to motorsports.

  3. manik56 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    There is a world of difference between cheating in a test and cheating in a race.

    • worknman24hours - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      And when the team principal tells everyone in the world they knew the fuel meters were messed up wrong-both theirs and the FIA’s and they went ahead anyway.

      By the way, Red Bull was found to not be in compliance and was given several chances to reset their fuel meter issues to FIA spec and they declined to comply.

      So, on face value, Red Bull has already lost any appeal they make.

      As techmeister1 said, the FIA is in the spotlight now-will they stand by their race ruling or will they embarrass themselves worldwide again.

      We shall see.

  4. actuatormz3 - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    I think the real question is what does Red Bull do this weekend. Do they use the FIA sensor or do they really think they will win this appeal and use their sensor?

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