Red Bull fuel flow was legal, Mateschitz insists
24 March 2014 – Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz is adamant that the squad's fuel flow rate at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix adhered to the regulations, as an official hearing over the matter draws closer.
Following Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Melbourne race for consistently exceeding the 100kg/h limit, the team has taken its case to the International Court of Appeal in Paris, with a hearing to go ahead on April 14.
But reflecting on the situation, Mateschitz says the fault lies with governing body the FIA and fuel meter supplier Gill Sensors, with inconsistencies leading Red Bull to use its own form of measurement in Melbourne.
"The fact is that the FIA's fuel flow sensor has been showing different readings since the beginning of testing, and it is also inaccurate," Mateschitz explained during an interview with Austrian newspaper Kurier.
"But we, on the other hand, can show what the exact fuel flow was and that it was within the limits."
Whatever the result of next month's hearing, Mateschitz is confident in Red Bull's ability to get on level terms with pace-setters Mercedes and look towards fighting for fifth consecutive Drivers' and Constructors' world titles.
"Work with our partner Renault continues around the clock and in the next two or three weeks we are looking to make a big step and reduce the distance to Mercedes," he said. "There are 18 races to come. We will be back."