Red Bull hearing gets underway in Paris
14 April 2014 – The FIA hearing of Red Bull's appeal over Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix began in Paris on Monday morning, as the World Champion team attempts to get its driver reinstated.
Ricciardo, contesting his first race for the outfit, was excluded from the results of the season-opening event for consistently exceeding the maximum allowed fuel flow rate of 100kg/h en route to second position.
Red Bull also decided to switch to its own fuel flow model for the race as opposed to the FIA-homologated device, produced by Gill Sensors, with the team getting inaccurate readings throughout previous sessions.
The FIA allows teams to use an in-house fuel flow model, should problems arise, but technical directive 'TD/016-14' (published on March 1) states that it must be signed off by the governing body in advance.
According to the stewards, Red Bull did not have the required permission to do so in Melbourne.
The appeal, which is expected to last no longer than one day, will be assessed by a five-strong panel of judges, led by Harry Dujim, along with Rui Botica Santos, Philippe Narmino, Antoniio Rigozzi and Jan Stovicek.
Red Bull is being represented by team boss Christian Horner, design chief Adrian Newey and car engineering chief Paul Monagham, while the FIA has sent Charlie Whiting and head of powertrains Fabrice Lom.
Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren, Force India and Williams have also sent technical personnel to the appeal.
The FIA has stated that the result of the appeal will be made public "as soon as possible after the hearing."