Red Bull hits back at Mercedes over ban call
22 April 2014 – Red Bull have hit back at Mercedes after calls from their rival that Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian GP was not enough and that the World Champions should receive a three-race ban.
Mercedes were present at the FIA's International Court of Appeal hearing last week in much the same way as Red Bull were last year when it was Mercedes in the dock after the 'secret' tyre test and many believe the German manufacturers' stance was in 'revenge' for how Red Bull reacted twelve months ago.
In a post on Red Bull's official website, under 'Spy Games: China', the 'Spy' writes: "The big news we're digesting is that the playful scamps at Merc decided to have a good old sticky-beak at our appeal and requested we receive a three-race ban. There's a few pursed lips from our management at that but they've decided to rise above it and not comment – but down here at the coalface you can be sure we're telling our mates in the next garage along where they can shove that three-pointed star."
"Actually it's quite reassuring: it means we're getting close enough to get them rattled and sweating a bit. Back in February that looked pretty unlikely. At least that's what Spy thinks: it seems we've undergone a change in the last couple of weeks. It's going to be a long time before we completely understand this car but we've gone past the stage of just trying to get it to work and are now into the stage of trying to make it go faster," 'Spy' adds.
"At the track that translates into cases of new bits – which is interesting because we're just getting used to the bits that we've got – but it's not exactly a new situation. The design department back in Milton Keynes is this remorseless machine that converts tea and biscuits into a never-ending stream of upgrades and go-faster stripes..."