Ricciardo disqualified, Red Bull to appeal (Update) UPDATE
Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner has insisted that Daniel Ricciardo's RB10 was within the fuel flow rate during the Australian Grand Prix.
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"These fuel-flow sensors that are provided by the FIA to measure fuel have proved problematic down the pitlane since their introduction in testing," Horner said.
"There have been discrepancies and they have been unreliable - indeed some cars may well have run without them in the race itself or failed in the race itself. We had a fuel-flow sensor that was fitted to the car that we believed had an error. Based on our calculation on the fuel that the injectors are providing to the engine, which is a calibrated piece of equipment and is consistently standard across the pitlane, there is zero variance."
The stewards' report revealed that Red Bull ignored several warnings during the race that Ricciardo's car was exceeding the limits but ignored them as they did not trust the FIA's sensor.
"They informed us [that the limit was being exceeded], and we informed them that we had serious concerns over their sensors," added Horner. "We believed on our reading, otherwise there was a situation where you are reducing significant amounts of power in the engine at a time when we believe we fully comply within the regulations.
"We end up in a situation where, depending on the calibration of your sensor, of plus or minus, it will dictate who is going to be competitive and who isn't."
Red Bull immediately announced their intentions to appeal the result and Horner is confident of seeing the result reinstated.
"[We're] extremely disappointed, quite surprised and we will of course appeal," he said. "And hopefully through the appeal process, it will be quite clear the car has conformed at all times with the regulations."
03/16/14 (GMM) Under pitch black skies in Melbourne, FIA stewards took away Daniel Ricciardo's popular second place finish.
Hours after the checkered flag waved and the champagne flowed, the Australian's Red Bull was ruled to have breached the new regulation governing a maximum rate for the flow of fuel.
The reigning world champions argued that there have been "inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter ... all weekend up and down the pitlane".
Britain's Daily Mail reported that Red Bull therefore decided to use its own sensor, but the FIA insisted the team cannot do that "without the permission of the FIA".
Race director Charlie Whiting reportedly warned Red Bull about illegal fuel flow readings throughout the weekend at Albert Park and also during the race.
"The team chose not to make this correction," read the stewards ruling.
Red Bull said it will appeal Ricciardo's disqualification.
"The team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations," Red Bull said in a statement.