Supplier: Fuel flow sensor meets specification
18 March 2014 – The FIA has provided the fuel flow sensor supplier with ‘positive feedback’ following the 2014 Formula 1 season opening, Australian Grand Prix, despite the issues experienced by Red Bull, which resulted in Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from second place.
“Following the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, the FIA have provided Gill Sensors with positive feedback on the performance of the Fuel Flow Meter, confirming their confidence in the development and stating the meters meet the FIA’s accuracy specification,” read a statement from Gill Sensors.
“The meter development included an extensive testing programme, which involved liaising with many of the F1 teams for their valuable feedback on meter design and functionality. Meter calibration is handled by the FIA’s third party calibration company.
“The meters utilise ultrasonic technology which was selected for its resilience in extreme operating conditions. The FIA chose Gill Sensors for this complex development because of Gill’s 29 years of proven experience in Ultrasonics.”
Meanwhile, Ferrari and Mercedes have both backed the decision by the stewards to exclude Ricciardo, even if Red Bull has said it will appeal.
“The FIA is obviously controlling fuel flow and checking with all the teams, and it is a question of learning by doing it between the FIA and the teams,” Mercedes boss, Toto Wolff told The Guardian. “The fuel-flow meter is an FIA system and this needs to be integrated in the cars. This is a learning process where the teams support the FIA and vice versa.”
Ferrari Team Principal Stefano Domenicali added: “We need to rely on the fact that it is a situation that is well managed by the FIA. We have [faith] the FIA that will do their job and I am sure there will not be a problem at all.”