Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner extremely confident that his team can win the appeal over Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion from second place at the Australian GP.
The defending world champions believes it has all proof to convince the F1 governing body that it did not breach the sport’s 100kg/h fuel flow rate rule, he speaking ahead of this weekend Malaysian GP, and the appeal hearing on April 14 in Paris.
“We are appealing on the grounds that we do not believe – and we are extremely confident that – we haven’t broken the rules, that we haven’t exceeded the 100kg/h of fuel that is permitted to be utilised by the car and the engine. So that was the reason for our appeal, we feel we have a strong case and it will be down to the appeal court to ultimately decide,” Horner told Sky Sports News.
When the source asked him, to make clear why he thinks they have a strong case, Horner added: “I think our whole case, the whole dispute, is based on which reading is correct. We have a sensor that is drifting and isn’t reading correctly versus a fuel rail that we know is calibrated and we know that it hasn’t varied throughout the weekend and has subsequently been checked and found to be not faulty and hasn’t moved or varied at all since it was installed on the car prior to the weekend.
“Our argument is very simple – that we haven’t broken the Technical Regulations. That we haven’t exceeded the fuel flow rate and that the sensor, which hopefully we will be able to demonstrate in the appeal, is erroneous.”
“I think the problem with the Technical Directive is that as we have seen in the Pirelli tyre case or the double diffuser case, the directive, as it now states on the bottom of the directive, is the opinion of the Technical Delegate – it is not a regulation, it is not regulatory, it is purely an opinion. We are bound by the Technical and Sporting Regulations. 5.1.4 of the Technical Regulations says you must not exceed 100kg/h of fuel usage – we haven’t done that. Therefore our view is we haven’t broken the regulations and Technical Directives are of non-regulatory value.”