Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull appeal against disqualification

By Andrew BensonChief F1 writer
BBC pundits on Ricciardo disqualification

Red Bull will have their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix heard in Paris on 14 April.

The Australian, 24, was excluded because his car was using more fuel than allowed and his team refused to reduce the flow when informed.

Red Bull say the fuel-flow meters provided by the sport's governing body, the FIA, had shown "inconsistencies" and that they and engine supplier Renault believe they were in "full compliance".

Formula 1 engines must have a fuel-flow rate of no more than 100kg/h at full throttle.

It is the first year of a new engine formula, which has seen the introduction of 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrids with a limited fuel allowance.

The fuel-flow rate in the engine is measured by a sensor provided by an external supplier. Teams also measure their engines' fuel-flow at the injectors.

Any irregularities of readings are analysed by the FIA and, if necessary, teams are given a correction to apply.

Teams are obliged to follow the FIA's guidelines and to use the data from the official sensor to interpret their fuel-flow.

Stewards said Red Bull had been given the "opportunity to be within compliance" during the race, which ended with Ricciardo crossing the line in second behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, but chose not to.

Red Bull said it refused because "inconsistencies with the FIA fuel-flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane".

Teams were warned that rule violations would lead to disqualifications.

Meanwhile Ricciardo says his disqualification will never detract from the sensation of standing on the podium for the first time in front of his own fans.

"I did a good job in the car and I got to stand on the Australian Grand Prix podium, and no-one's taking away the sensation of doing that," Ricciardo told the Red Bull website.external-link

"What happens next is outside of my ability to control, but honestly, I'd rather it went down like this than have retired from the race with a mechanical problem.

"I'll take a podium and a subsequent disqualification over that any day of the week."