Whiting: Red Bull only have themselves to blame
18 March 2014 – F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has confirmed Red Bull Racing was warned during the Australian Grand Prix that its fuel flow rate on Daniel Ricciardo’s RB10 was in violation of the regulations.
Ricciardo finished second in front of his home fans on Sunday at Albert Park, but was stripped of the place post-race with the stewards ruling his car consistently surpassed the 100kg/h fuel flow limit.
Red Bull Racing intends to appeal the exclusion, and while Team Principal Christian Horner has insisted they were within the rules and that the sensor was faulty, Whiting wasn’t sympathetic.
“We advised them twice after qualifying and five laps into the race to take the necessary steps to comply with the regulations,” Whiting said in an interview with The Times. “They chose to use their own calculations to show they complied. If they had followed the advice we gave them at the time, we would not have had a problem and they would not have been penalised.
“If their sensor was kaput, then things would have been different. It is a human thing because they have the ability to do what was needed to comply.”