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.