Belfast Telegraph

Horner insists fuel-flow row Red Bull are innocent

By Ian Parkes

Christian Horner is confident Red Bull will be vindicated in the fuel-flow row that overshadowed Daniel Ricciardo's debut drive to second in his home race in the Australian Grand Prix.

According to the FIA, Ricciardo's car was found to "consistently exceed" the flow rate of 100 kilograms per hour, resulting in the 24-year-old being disqualified from the season's opener at Melbourne's Albert Park.

Red Bull immediately lodged an appeal which will be heard at the FIA's Court of Appeal in Paris on April 14.

Team principal Horner has no doubt his organisation will be cleared, with Ricciardo reinstated into second behind race winner Nico Rosberg in his Mercedes.

"We're appealing on the grounds that we do not believe we've broken the rules," said Horner.

"We're extremely confident we haven't exceeded the 100 kilograms of fuel per hour that is permitted to be utilised by the car and the engine."

Horner maintains the sensor used to measure fuel flow, manufactured by UK-based Gill Sensors, is faulty, resulting in them using their own system to calculate, which was not approved by the FIA.

Horner added: "Our whole case, the whole dispute, is based on which reading is correct.

"We have a sensor (that of the FIA) that is drifting, isn't reading correctly, versus a fuel rail we know is calibrated and hasn't varied throughout the weekend.

"It has subsequently been checked, has been found to not be faulty, hasn't moved or varied at all since it was installed on to the car."

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