Red Bull appeal hearing set for April 14

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The FIA has confirmed that Red Bull’s appeal hearing following Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix will take place on April 14 in Paris.

After finishing the race in second place, Ricciardo was disqualified after the team was deemed to have breached the technical regulations by exceeding the maximum fuel flow of 100kg/h during the grand prix.

It transpired that Red Bull – despite being warned by the FIA on numerous occasions – used its own measurements that brought the team in line with the regulations.

Having been called before the stewards after the race, the team put up a stern defence. After the decision was taken to disqualify Ricciardo five hours later, team principal Christian Horner immediately said that the team would appeal.

After formally receiving the paperwork from Red Bull earlier this week, the FIA confirmed today that the hearing will take place on April 14, falling between the Bahrain and Chinese Grands Prix.

In the statement, the FIA confirmed that “the decision will be published as soon as possible after the hearing.”

Some 29 days after the checkered flag fell in Melbourne, we will finally know the result of the Australian Grand Prix. It may seem minor now given that we are just one race into the season, but come the end of the year, this decision could prove to be crucial in deciding both championships.

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.