Date: 16th April 2014 at 8:43am
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Red Bull Racing lost their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s Australian Grand Prix disqualification.

The Quadruple Formula One World Champions had their appeal hearing in Paris on Monday, with the decision announced on Tuesday.

The argument came in regards to the FIA homologated fuel flow sensor which the technical regulations require teams to measure the fuel-flow.

Red Bull claimed there were inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend, which was why they ignored instructions from FIA race director Charlie Whiting which came twice after qualifying and five laps into the race, with the team asked to take the necessary steps to comply with the fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour regulation.

The team believed that whilst they went against the technical directive they stayed within the technical regulations by using their own readings.

A full report on the hearing will be released ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, but Red Bull Racing have already stated that they will accept the decision.

Red Bull announced: ‘Infiniti Red Bull Racing accepts the ruling of the International Court of Appeal today. We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn’t think we had a very strong case. We always believed we adhered to the technical regulations throughout the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. We are sorry for Daniel (Ricciardo) that he will not be awarded the 18 points from the event, which we think he deserved. We will continue to work very hard to amass as many points as possible for the team, Daniel and Sebastian (Vettel) throughout the season.

Meanwhile Mercedes have called upon the FIA to hand out a further punishment to Red Bull Racing.

Paul Harris QC, representing Mercedes said: ‘We are frankly concerned that Red Bull have shown such a flagrant and deliberate disregard for the rules, There is a real risk that they will do it again.

‘We must have a level playing field. The most effective way of ensuring that Red Bull do not flout further written and oral instructions from the FIA for at least the remainder of this season is for this court to recognise the severity of their infringement and to impose a further sanction upon them.’


Ricciardo disqualification appeal rejected