Fuel sensor that cost Daniel Ricciardo podium finish in Australia malfunctions again
By: Chris Lines, The Linked Press on March 28, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Daniel Ricciardo is hoping fuel-movement troubles do not come into perform at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Red Bull experienced much more problems with the contentious fuel-flow sensors for the duration of practice at the Formula A single Malaysian Grand Prix on Friday, raising the prospect of yet another showdown with F1 officials similar to the a single that resulted in the team’;s disqualification in Australia.
Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from the results in Melbourne following finishing 2nd simply because race stewards stated Red Bull exceeded the new fuel-flow limit of 100 kilograms per hour.
Red Bull blamed the situation on faulty readings from the FIA-authorized fuel sensors and has appealed the disqualification.
The sensors on Ricciardo’;s car malfunctioned once again at Sepang, staff principal Christian Horner stated, showing a discrepancy with the team’;s personal fuel-movement readings.
In Melbourne, the staff stood by its measurements, refusing FIA directives to adhere to the reading on the sensor, and was subsequently disqualified.
Horner explained he would speak with race director Charlie Whiting if the dilemma persisted on Saturday, in the hope of keeping away from yet another publish-race drama.
“If we will not [get synchronized readings] we will discover ourselves in an awkward circumstance, but one particular we will attempt to operate with the FIA on, but we will locate ourselves in the very same dilemma as Melbourne,” Horner stated.
“We will have that conversation with Charlie and … hopefully we can agree on anything that is sensible.”
The basis of Red Bull’;s appeal of the Melbourne stewards’; ruling, which will be held on April 14, is that the sensors had been faulty and the limit of 25 kilograms per hour fuel flow is a technical directive rather than a regulation and for that reason is unenforceable.
Horner suggests scrapping the directive altogether, arguing that the associated limit of 100 kilograms per vehicle for the entire race is easier to measure and self-regulating.
“We need to have a greater way of measuring and monitoring the fuel flow, or say you get rid of it and you have 100 kilograms for the race and that is it,” Horner said.
“Personally, I think it would be less difficult to get rid of it.”
Even though Horner was established to consider the appeal as far as essential, he acknowledged that post-race disqualifications and legal difficulties were bad for the series.
“It truly is also complicated,” Horner explained. “Formula One is a sport and demands to continue to be a sport. When technological innovation becomes too prevalent, also invasive and confuses the followers and confuses the teams, it truly is too significantly.”
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