The issue of regulatory language is in Red Bull’s belief that it didn’t commit a violation of Formula One’s new fuel flow regulations.
“Technical directives are not of regulatory value,” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Autosport. “They are the opinion of the technical delegate – as was made clear in the Pirelli case [the Mercedes secret test], which clearly stated that opinions of Charlie are not regulatory.”
Essentially, Red Bull is saying that technical directives issued from the FIA are not binding, and that if the car’s fuel flow rate was within F1’s technical regulations, it was legal.
The appeal hearing is set for April 14 in Paris; how the ruling comes down will go a long ways toward determining who holds the ultimate control of power and regulations in F1. If teams can run legally with their own fuel sensors, this could open the floodgates for teams to work against the sanctioning body.
As it is, it’s an early case of the off-track news getting more ink – or web space – than the on-track product.