After a phenomenal qualifying session put Ricciardo on the front row at his home GP, the Australian lapped up all the support from the home crowd to finish second, behind Nico Rosberg. However the celebrations were rudely interrupted by the news that the FIA was investigating a ‘possible transgression regarding fuel flow’. After four hours of deliberation the stewards ruled that he RB10 had consistently exceeded the 100kg/h limit as specified in the 2014 F1 regulations. However, Christian Horner has said that based on the readings from their own calibrated equipment the Red Bull RB10 had zero variance from the specified 100kg/h limit.
“Following the decision of the FIA that Infiniti Red Bull Racing is in breach of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations and Article 5.1.4 of the FIA Formula One Technical Regulations with Car 3, the Team has notified the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect. Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The Team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations.”, Infiniti Red Bull Racing team said in a statement.
While the FIA has conceded that the homologated sensor showed variation from Red Bull’s own sensor, the Red Bull team might be in trouble considering they ran their own sensor during the race in direct contradiction of instructions from the FIA after the practice sessions.