Inside the FIA Red Bull hearing
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Inside the FIA Red Bull hearing

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All Formula 1 fans will have waited on tenterhooks for court-of-appeal verdicts over the years. EDD STRAW was in Paris for yesterday's Red Bull hearing and reveals how the process works

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.

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