F1: Raging Red Bull refuse to go with flow as Daniel Ricciardo loses Australian Grand Prix podium place over fuel meters - Motor Racing - Sport - The Independent

F1: Raging Red Bull refuse to go with flow as Daniel Ricciardo loses Australian Grand Prix podium place over fuel meters

It’s certainly no fault of Daniel’s. And I don’t believe it’s the fault of the team

Melbourne

“Grand Farce”, trumpeted Melbourne’s Herald Sun yesterday, summarising exactly what Australia thought of the exclusion of big-smiling local boy Daniel Ricciardo from the first podium position ever won by an Australian in his home grand prix.

The Red Bull driver had not been able to hold a candle to Nico Rosberg’s winning Mercedes. But surprisingly his car had been transformed from a pig in testing to a silk purse in the race as he beat McLaren’s impressive rookie Kevin Magnussen to second place until – nearly six hours later – he fell foul of the race stewards.  

This year, each car’s fuel allowance per race has been slashed and is monitored by FIA-supplied flow meters. But instead of being heralded as a great step in making the sport more relevant to everyday road cars, the Ricciardo incident brought to public attention problems that have afflicted the meters since winter testing began in January.

The FIA found that the Red Bull had consistently exceeded the legal flow rate, and the fun began. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, who lodged an immediate appeal, declared: “These fuel flow sensors have proved problematic throughout the pit lane since the start of testing. There have been discrepancies in them and I think some cars may well have run without them during the race itself, or even failed during it. We had a fuel flow sensor fitted to the car that we believe to be in error.

“We had an issue with a sensor that changed its reading through Friday practice. It was replaced on Saturday, but failed during qualifying. We were then asked to put the sensor from Friday back in the car, which we didn’t feel was correct.

“As we got into the race we could see a significant discrepancy between what the sensor was reading and what our fuel flow, the actual injection of fuel into the engine, was stating. That is where there’s a difference of opinion.

“We wouldn’t be appealing if we weren’t extremely confident we have a defendable case. It’s just extremely disappointing this has happened. It’s certainly no fault of Daniel’s. And I don’t believe it’s the fault of the team.”

However, the FIA’s race director Charlie Whiting countered that Red Bull were warned twice about their fuel flow after qualifying, and again five laps into the race, but chose to ignore it.

“Regardless of the team’s assertion that the sensor was at fault, it is not within their discretion to run a different fuel-flow measurement model without the permission of the FIA,” an official statement said.

F1 had a golden opportunity to showcase the successful inauguration of its new-look ecological formula, with its lean, mean and green 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid engines. Instead it ended up shooting itself in the foot.

News
Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
Arts and Entertainment
Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Sport
FootballFull debuts don't come much more stylish than those on show here
News
i100
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'
fashionCritics say magazine only pays attention to fashion trends among rich, white women
Arts and Entertainment
TVShows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Arts and Entertainment
Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
architectureFrom pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
Travel
travel
News
The ecological reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao. Scientists on September 11, 2014 announced the discovery of fossils in China of a type of flying reptile called a pterosaur that lived 120 millions years ago and so closely resembled those creatures from the 2009 film, Avatar that they named it after them.
SCIENCE
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition attracted 562,000 visitors to the Tate Modern from April to September
art
Life and Style
Models walk the runway at the Tom Ford show during London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015
fashionLondon Fashion Week 2014
News
Kenny G
news
News
peopleThe black actress has claimed police mistook her for a prostitute when she kissed her white husband
Life and Style
techIndian model comes with cricket scores baked in
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week