FIA releases full findings in Red Bull fuel saga

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The FIA has released more information about its court of appeal’s decision to reject Red Bull’s appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

After a hearing took place on Monday, it was confirmed on Tuesday morning that the stewards’ initial decision had been upheld after the team was adjudged to have exceeded the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100kg/h on Ricciardo’s car. Despite finishing second on track, the Australian driver was excluded five hours later.

Red Bull stringently denied that it had done anything wrong, claiming that the problem lay with the FIA’s measurements. The team had instead opted to use its own fuel flow meter, which apparently proved that Ricciardo had remained under the limit during the race.

Interestingly, the FIA’s full report suggests that even Red Bull’s own measurements showed that the car exceeded the limit despite the team arguing the opposite.

“The FIA [says] that the appellant’s [Red Bull] own estimation of its car #3’s fuel flow rate in Melbourne also showed that the car exceeded the the fuel flow limit during the Australian Grand Prix,” one part of the report reads.

Furthermore, the information supplied by Red Bull was far from reliable.

“The appellant’s measurement method is not based on physical means but purely on a software model that depends on input data, which cannot be checked by the FIA.

“The appellant’s data do not show all the relevant variables, and the four variables shown by the Appellant in order to validate its measurement method are not even equal.”

Despite its highly vocal argument heading into the hearing, Red Bull has accepted the decision of the FIA and decided to move on from the matter, turning focus to this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

You can read the FIA’s findings in full here.

NHRA Gatornationals: John Force has another spectacular motor explosion

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Legendary NHRA Funny Car driver John Force endured yet another spectacular motor explosion – his third in the NHRA’s first three national event races – during Friday’s qualifying at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida.

It’s the kind of consistency the 16-time NHRA Funny Car champ could do without.

The 68-year-old Force came to Gainesville hoping to break the jinx that saw him endure explosions in both the season-opening Winternationals and the second race of the season in Phoenix.

Both motor explosions sent Force to the hospital for examination before he returned to the race track.

Friday, even though the motor in his Chevrolet Camaro blew up again (in the second round of qualifying), at least this time, Force didn’t wind up in the hospital.

He did have his right hand bandaged from a cut suffered in the explosion, but did not have to go to the hospital this time.

He even joked about not having to add yet another ambulance bill to the nearest Gainesville hospital.

But the explosion still proved costly.

“That was another body and that hurts the financial (bottomline),” Force said. “I was out $500,000 to $600,000, and now we are probably out $800,000, going on a million. In drag racing, you have to be tough.”

He ended the day qualifying 14th, not a very comfortable position with two more rounds of qualifying set for Saturday.

Force continues to be mystified why the motors keep exploding.

“I really thought we had it, I thought we were there,” Force said. “In the first round we drove it 500 feet and shut it off. It looked great. We ran it again that run and I was only going to drive it 800 feet even if we didn’t make The Show.”

Force will attempt to improve his qualifying spot during Saturday’s final two rounds to make Sunday’s eliminations.

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