The FIA’s International Court of Appeal has denied Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull from the results of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix over a breach of the fuel flow rate regulations.
Ricciardo finished second in the race, but the stewards disqualified his RB10 for “consistently” surpassing the fuel flow rate of 100kg/h, after Red Bull went against a technical directive and used its own measurement device.
In court, Red Bull said the relevant technical directive, entitled ‘TD/016-14′, was not regulatory, thus claiming that it could not have acted illegally by brushing aside the FIA’s persistent requests to reduce its fuel flow rate.
Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren, Force India and Williams also sent representatives to the one-day appeal, while Race Director Charlie Whiting and head of powertrains Fabrice Lom attended for the governing body.
After the arguments of all parties were heard, the judging panel, led by Harry Dujim, along with Rui Botica Santos, Philippe Narmino, Antoniio Rigozzi and Jan Stovicek, chose to uphold the stewards’ original decision.
“The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision N°56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s car N°3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix,” read an FIA statement, which added that a full report will come later this week.
Red Bull says it “accepts” the decision of the International Court of Appeal to uphold Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix, and says it will “move on” ahead of this weekend’s Chinese event.
Despite claims that it did not break the regulations, the World Champion squad ultimately lost its appeal.
“Infiniti Red Bull Racing accepts the ruling of the International Court of Appeal today,” read a team statement.
“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.
“We will now move on from this and concentrate on this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.”
The decision places the Australian 10th in the championship standings, while the Red Bull team occupies fourth.