In comparison to the executions of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, which were staged in the grand square when Paris's Place de la Concorde adjacent to the River Seine was named Place de la Revolution, the FIA Court of Appeal hearing that took place there yesterday to investigate whether or not Daniel Ricciardo should be given back his second place in the Australian Grand Prix was of little historical significance.
But it was a far more important case than one merely deciding whether or not Red Bull got its points back. The viability of Formula 1's fuel-efficient brave new engine world was at stake, and it was essential that things should be done in the right way for such a vital test case.
Number 8 Place de la Concorde, the long-time headquarters of the FIA, is an old-world sort of place, but the proceedings that took place inside on Monday were far more modern. Not just in terms of content, with talk of ultrasonic fuel-flow meters and fuel-rail readings dominating, but in terms of the legal process that took place.
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