Red Bull Racing has lodged its appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, just hours prior to the deadline in which is could file its dispute. The hearing will take place on April 14 at the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris.
The local driver and crowd favourite was stripped of a hard-fought and popular second-placed finish – the first podium finish for any Australian driver on home soil – after stewards ruled that his car had breached the maximum 100kg/hour fuel flow regulations.
The stewards’ ruling indicated that the team had refused to acknowledge instructions from the FIA to adjust its fuel flow read-out during the race, while the team claimed that it was relying on its own read-outs – and not those stipulated by the FIA – because of its concerns that the FIA-sanctioned fuel flow sensors were faulty.
The date of the hearing effectively leaves the championship standings in flux until after the the third round of the season, the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The FIA International Court of Appeal is served by a group of 23 judges from differing countries who are elected on three-year terms, in addition to nine ‘Co-Opted’ judges who are nominated once a year by the Formula 1 teams and approved by the FIA Congress. The judging panel for the hearing will be formed using a selection of the available judges from both the ICA and ‘cop-opted’ lists.
The judging panel needs to arrive at a majority vote in order to a final ruling to be made, or the casting vote of the FIA President in the event of a deadlock. The panel’s decision will be final and no further appeals to the decision can be made from that point.
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