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.

Wickens tops final Road America practice

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Robert Wickens showed the way in final practice for Sunday’s KOHLER Grand Prix, topping the speed charts with a quick time of 1:42.991, the only time below 1:43 during the session.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Alexander Rossi, and Graham Rahal completed the top five.

The lone incident of the session came right at the end, when Zach Veach went for a spin exiting Bill Mitchell Bend (turn 13). However, Veach did not suffer any damage in the incident.

Times are below. Qualifying begins at 4:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. local time) and will air on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET.