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.
Juncos Racing continued to bolster its entries in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by signing Carlos Cunha to pilot a third Juncos Pro Mazda entry for 2018. Cunha, who finished third in the 2017 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda season on the back of seven podium finishes, joins Rinus VeeKay and Robert Megennis in Juncos’ Pro Mazda lineup for 2018.
Cunha previously tested with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in October and joined Juncos for the Chris Griffis Memorial test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in November, testing cars for both the Pro Mazda and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires teams.
“It’s great to become a part of Juncos Racing,” said the 18-year-old Cunha. “I am really excited to start the 2018 season with Juncos Racing. This fall we did some testing together and from there I was able to see how focused everyone on the team is and I even felt like I became a part of their family in no time. I am confident we will get great results together next year and I look forward to learning and growing more with the team. It will be a huge pleasure and also a great responsibility to carry the number one on my car, thanks to (2017 Pro Mazda champion Victor Franzoni) and I hope to deliver it back to the team at the end of the year!”
Team owner Ricardo Juncos added, “We are excited to add Carlos to our Pro Mazda lineup. From the moment we started testing with him in early October, we knew he would be a great fit for our team. Carlos has been very quick in testing and even had an impressive showing in the Indy Lights car at the Chris Griffis test back in October. He had a great run this past season in the Pro Mazda series and we are confident he will carry that momentum into the 2018 season.”