Red Bull likely to learn fate on Tuesday

Red Bull likely to learn fate on Tuesday

14 April 2014 – Red Bull looks set to discover the outcome of its appeal over Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Tuesday, after the conclusion of proceedings in Paris.

The outfit argued its case in front of the FIA's International Court of Appeal today, with team boss Christian Horner, design chief Adrian Newey and car engineering chief Paul Monagham all present for questioning.

The Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren, Force India and Williams squads also sent key personnel to the hearing.

Red Bull made the claim that technical directive 'TD/016-14' relating to fuel flow sensors was not regulatory, and it therefore did not act illegally by ignoring the FIA's persistent requests to reduce its fuel flow rate.

The team also attempted to prove that it did not exceed the maximum fuel flow rate of 100kg/h at any stage of the race, which it completed with its own measurement device after faulty readings in previous sessions.

Meanwhile, FIA representative Jonathan Taylor suggested that Red Bull should not be allowed to ignore the technical directives, which are aimed at giving the teams guidance over how to comply with the regulations.

"Sport has to be on a level playing field," Taylor commented in court. "It needs an authoritative way of measuring. A team cannot pick and choose methods of measurement and when they do or do not use them."

Paul Harris QC, representing Mercedes once more after his role in the Pirelli tyre test tribunal last season, went further by suggesting that Red Bull should receive further penalties on top of its lost second place finish.

In his argument, Harris described "a flagrant and deliberate disregard" of the regulations on Red Bull's part.

"We respectively submit that the most effective way of ensuring that Red Bull do not flout further written and oral instructions from the FIA is for this court to recognise the severity of their infringement and to impose a further sanction upon them, which is to be suspended for the remainder of the season so that they are acutely alert for the remainder of the season that there is no possibility of them transgressing the boundaries again," he said.

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