Red Bull boss Christian Horner has revealed the grounds on which he hopes his team can successfully overturn Daniel Ricciardo's Australian GP exclusion.
At the opening round the team's new Australian driver was disqualified after claiming a second place that was one of the most celebrated results for a driver at his home race in quite some time.
The FIA argue that his car was deemed to have broken the fuel flow limit of 100kg/h on numerous occasions during the race as measured by his onboard sensor.
However, Red Bull insist the reading from that sensor had been faulty all weekend and instead based their running on their own readings in the race.
Horner, in an interview with Sky Sports, argues that the wording of regulation Article 5.1.4, which Ricciardo's car was deemed to have broken, does not specify that the reading has to come direct from the FIA sensor.
Therefore the team was within the bounds to rely on their own readings which they insist were accurate and never breached the regulated limit.
“Our whole case is on the fact of which reading is correct,” he claimed.
“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 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.
Horner also pointed at previous cases which have similarly gone in front of a hearing in Paris and believes this case is no different.
“Our argument is very simple – that we haven’t broken the Technical Regulations. That we haven’t exceeded the fuel flow limit 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 days, that 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.
Though he would not be drawn on what readings his team will follow this weekend in Malaysia, Horner did express his belief that other teams may find themselves having similar arguments with the FIA in Sepang.
Horner slammed rival teams who claimed they were buying ‘hundreds’ of the sensors and only using the ones that can offer the best performance.
“Whether there will be further arguments over the course of the next two weekends in Malaysia and Bahrain, ahead of the appeal hearing, remains to be seen,” he said.
“Hopefully we’ll have a sensor that works … that there isn’t a discrepancy.
“If there is a variance then it’s something we will probably have to discuss with the FIA, and we probably won’t be alone in that position,” he added.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU