FIA hearing into Daniel Ricciardo's Australian GP exclusion starts

The FIA hearing of Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Formula 1 season-opening Australian Grand Prix has got underway in Paris

FIA hearing into Daniel Ricciardo's Australian GP exclusion starts

Ricciardo was excluded for "consistently" exceeding the maximum permitted fuel-flow rate of 100kg/h on his way to second place in Melbourne.

Red Bull had opted to switch to its own fuel-flow model for the race rather than using the FIA-homologated fuel-flow sensor, produced by Gill Sensors, with team principal Christian Horner describing it as "immature technology".

The case will be presided over by five judges, presided over by Harry Duijm, along with Rui Botica Santos, Philippe Narmino, Antonio Rigozzi and Jan Stovicek

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, chief technical officer Adrian Newey and chief engineer - car engineering, Paul Monaghan are among the representatives of Red Bull.

Both Whiting and the FIA head of powertrain Fabrice Lom are also in attendance.

Rival teams Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus, Williams and Force India are also part of the hearing, several choosing to send senior technical personnel.

Lotus technical director Nick Chester and trackside operations director Alan Permane, along with Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds, McLaren trackside systems engineer Filippo Sappa and Mercedes race team electronics leader Evan Short are among those listed by the FIA as present.

The sensor Red Bull used in the race was one it had run during Friday practice, but which had demonstrated "a difference in readings" between the first three runs of the first session and the rest of running.

Red Bull switched to a new sensor for Saturday, which was deemed not satisfactory to either team or the FIA, so it used the original sensor in the race.

The FIA does permit teams to use their own fuel-flow model, with a correction factor, should there be problems with the sensor.

But technical directive TD/016-14, issued on March 1, states this is only if the governing body approves it.

Red Bull did not have permission to do so, which according to the stewards' decision issued in Australia was a violation of the procedure of the technical directive.

RED BULL'S APPEAL STRATEGY

Last month, Horner laid out Red Bull's appeal plan, which will be based upon the fact that it claims not to have exceeded the maximum fuel-flow rate and the non-regulatory value of technical directives.

"Technical directives are the opinion of the technical delegate, as was made clear in the Pirelli case [the Mercedes secret test in 2013], which clearly stated that opinions of Charlie [Whiting, FIA race director] are not regulatory.

"It is even stated on the bottom of the directives now, that these do not have regulatory value.

"Our position is as it was in the race: that we believe, and we believe we will be able to demonstrate in the court of appeal, that we fully complied with the technical regulations - 5.1.4, to be explicitly clear."

Horner also said earlier this month that new evidence will be brought to the table during the appeal that he believes will boost the team's chances of success.

"We have got a very strong case," he said. "As more races have progressed, issues have become more evident and new evidence has come to light, new understandings have come to light.

"So hopefully we can present our case fairly and get our second place back that Daniel deserves from Melbourne."

Whiting is adamant that the regulations covering how fuel-flow rates will be measured are clear-cut.

"Article 5.10 make sit quite clear in my view that the only way the fuel flow will be measured is with the homologated sensor," he said last month.

The result of the hearing could have serious implications for the policing of fuel regulations in future.

shares
comments
Formula 1 teams called to urgent cost cuts meeting in May
Previous article

Formula 1 teams called to urgent cost cuts meeting in May

Next article

Stefano Domenicali steps down as Ferrari F1 team boss

Stefano Domenicali steps down as Ferrari F1 team boss
Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons Plus

Connecting two of Ferrari's favourite F1 sons

Gilles Villeneuve's exploits behind the wheel of a Ferrari made him a legend to the tifosi, even 40 years after his death. The team's current Formula 1 star Charles Leclerc enjoys a similar status, and recently got behind the wheel of a very special car from the French-Canadian’s career

Formula 1
Jun 24, 2022
How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock Plus

How a 30cm metal wire triggered open warfare in the F1 paddock

Porpoising has become the key talking point during the 2022 Formula 1 season, as teams battle to come to terms with it. An FIA technical directive ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix and a second stay appearing on the Mercedes cars only served to create a bigger debate and raise tensions further

Formula 1
Jun 23, 2022
Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left? Plus

Does Verstappen have any weaknesses left?

Having extended his Formula 1 points lead with victory in Canada, Max Verstappen has raised his game further following his 2021 title triumph. Even on the days where Red Bull appears to be second best to Ferrari, Verstappen is getting the most out of the car in each race. So, does he have any weaknesses that his title rivals can exploit?

Formula 1
Jun 22, 2022
How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector Plus

How F1's future fuels can shape the automotive sector

In 2026, Formula 1 plans to make the switch to a fully sustainable fuel, as the greater automotive world considers its own alternative propulsion methods. Biogasoline and e-fuels both have merit as 'drop-in' fuels but, equally, both have their shortcomings...

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far Plus

The breakthrough behind Sainz’s best weekend of F1 2022 so far

OPINION: Carlos Sainz came close to winning in Monaco but needed that race’s specific circumstances for his shot at a maiden Formula 1 victory to appear. Last weekend in Canada, he led the line for Ferrari in Charles Leclerc’s absence from the front. And there’s a key reason why Sainz has turned his 2022 form around

Formula 1
Jun 21, 2022
Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Plus

Canadian Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

Plenty of high scores but just a single perfect 10 from the first Montreal race in three years, as Max Verstappen fended off late pressure from Carlos Sainz. Here’s Autosport’s assessment on the Formula 1 drivers from the Canadian Grand Prix

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP Plus

Why “faster” Ferrari couldn’t beat Red Bull in Canadian GP

On paper the Canadian Grand Prix will go down as Max Verstappen’s latest triumph, fending off late pressure from Carlos Sainz to extend his Formula 1 world championship lead. But as safety car periods, virtual and real, shook up the race Ferrari demonstrated it can take the fight to Red Bull after recent failures

Formula 1
Jun 20, 2022
The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best Plus

The in-demand helmet designer creating works of art for F1's best

GP Racing’s OLEG KARPOV pays a visit to designer Jens Munser, to observe the production of Mick Schumacher’s special helmet for the Miami Grand Prix. What follows is some fascinating insight on the mindsets of Mick’s dad Michael, and family friend Sebastian Vettel

Formula 1
Jun 19, 2022