Ricciardo was disqualified from runner-up finish for fuel-movement troubles at Melbourne
By: GMM on March 18, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Daniel Ricciardo’;s celebration for a 2nd-spot finish at Melbourne did not last long before the FIA disqualified his car.
Daniel Ricciardo thinks he has a great chance at winning back his Formula One podium from opener at Melbourne. Red Bull Racing has vowed to appeal the stewards’; choice to throw out the Australian’;s popular 2nd-place finish in his house nation due to irregularities with fuel flow into his Renault engine.
Early on Monday, getting discovered the undesirable news only at midnight soon after Sunday’;s race, the 24-year-old told the neighborhood Herald Sun, “I am not really in a place … not in the mindset to speak about it appropriate now.”
But soon after jetting from Melbourne to his native Perth for a few days of instruction prior to Malaysia, Ricciardo informed the West Australian newspaper that he is assured Red Bull will prevail.
“Otherwise they wouldn’;t [appeal],” Ricciardo stated. “It’;s a great deal of time for them and some income as nicely, so they have confidence that we can turn it about, but it’;s going to get a whilst until finally we know.”
F1’;s other 2 engine suppliers, however, are siding with the FIA, despite Red Bull team boss Christian Horner insisting all 3 manufacturers had difficulties with the necessary fuel flow sensor in Australia.
But Ferrari’;s Stefano Domenicali mentioned, “We want to depend on the fact that it is a situation that is effectively managed by the FIA.”
And Mercedes’; Toto Wolff was also quoted by the Guardian newspaper, “The FIA is naturally controlling fuel flow and checking with all the teams, and it is a question of learning by undertaking it among the FIA and the teams.”
Ricciardo, nevertheless, stated he thinks Red Bull has sound grounds to be unhappy with the Melbourne ruling.
“They really feel that it’;s not black or white, it really is a tiny bit shaded, so which is why they’;re going to battle it and we’;ll see how they go,” he mentioned.
It could take some time ahead of the FIA schedules the real appeal hearing, but Red Bull consultant Dr. Helmut Marko thinks the matter wants to be at least clarified urgently.
“The device that measures the flow rate has weaknesses,” he advised Kleine Zeitung newspaper. “In our opinion, we were inside the laws. This has to be clarified by the next race, simply because at the minute there is not a reliable measurement.”
F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone, meanwhile, thinks the total rule limiting the movement of fuel into the engine need to be scrapped.
“The complete regulation, to me, seems a bit of a joke,” he told the Mirror.
Ecclestone stated he thinks the rule limiting each and every car to just 100 kilograms of fuel per race is enough.
“If you use too a lot you are going to run out of fuel. It seems to be that easy and if it is not, it should be,” he stated.
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