Horner fears Red Bull could suffer Australia repeat
28 March 2014 – Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has acknowledged that the reigning champions could face a repeat of their fate in Australia due to another issue with a fuel flow rate sensor during practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from second place in Australia after exceeding the fuel flow rate limit, an accusation which Red Bull is contesting, with a hearing scheduled for April 14 in Paris.
Red Bull claims that they used their own readings after the sensor supplied by the FIA was faulty. Horner confirmed that there were more issues with the FIA's sensor on Ricciardo's car in first practice at Sepang.
"We had a signal failure on Daniel's car this morning immediately, so we obviously have replaced that for this afternoon's session – I haven't had the results of that yet," said Horner. "Hopefully it is reading as per the fuel rail and will behave for the rest of the weekend. If it doesn't then we find ourselves in an awkward situation but it's one we obviously will try and work with the FIA with, but again you're then faced with the same dilemma as Australia a couple of weeks ago."
Horner was asked by the assembled media at Sepang after practice whether Red Bull would wrisk the wrath of the FIA and go their own way.
"Firstly we need a sensor that is consistent with the fuel rail; that's the most important factor" he said. "Thereafter we will have to make the judgement in the race depending on what the sensor is saying. If it's 0.25%, you can live with it, if it's 2% then you can't live with it. It depends on what the value is.
"I think we'll have the conversation with [Formula 1 race director] Charlie [Whiting] before so that it will be clear if we do see a variance: 'Right, what are we going to do?' Hopefully we can agree something that is sensible."