Court upholds decision to exclude Ricciardo
15 April 2014 – The FIA's International Court of Appeal has upheld the decision to exclude Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull from the results of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix over a breach of the fuel flow rate regulations.
Ricciardo finished second in the race, but the stewards disqualified his RB10 for "consistently" surpassing the fuel flow rate of 100kg/h, after Red Bull went against a technical directive and used its own measurement device.
In court, Red Bull said the relevant technical directive, entitled 'TD/016-14', was not regulatory, thus claiming that it could not have acted illegally by brushing aside the FIA's persistent requests to reduce its fuel flow rate.
Mercedes, Lotus, McLaren, Force India and Williams also sent representatives to the one-day appeal, while Race Director Charlie Whiting and head of powertrains Fabrice Lom attended for the governing body.
After the arguments of all parties were heard, the judging panel, led by Harry Dujim, along with Rui Botica Santos, Philippe Narmino, Antoniio Rigozzi and Jan Stovicek, chose to uphold the stewards' original decision.
"The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision N°56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing's car N°3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix," read an FIA statement, which added that a full report will come later this week.