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Red Bull boosted ahead of Daniel Ricciardo's Oz GP appeal

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Red Bull are feeling confident ahead of Monday's FIA appeal hearing over Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix.

The young Aussie was disqualified from second position at the season opener last month after the stewards claimed Ricciardo had broken the newly introduced fuel flow rate of 100kg/hr several times during that Grand Prix.

Red Bull have always argued that the sensor on the No.3 Red Bull was faulty and that the team was within it's right to run the race from their own data in the garage.

Indeed since Melbourne, Ricciardo has had further issues with the fuel sensor which was developed by British company Gill and which the FIA have given complete backing throughout the entire aftermath.

On those occasions, notably in Malaysia, Ricciardo drove using a pre-determined fuel-flow rate agreed with the FIA's Charlie Whiting when the FIA-approved sensor failed.

Interestingly around 95% of all issues with the fuel-flow sensors have occurred with Renault-powered cars, as a result the FIA will introduce a new rule banning modifications to the sensor after it has been installed from the Spanish Grand Prix at the end of the month.

Some believe the issues could also be related to the Total fuel used by the four teams, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Lotus and Caterham and investigations are ongoing.

In relation to the events in Melbourne, Red Bull have argued that the team had no choice but to use its own data to monitor Ricciardo's car and that that information proves the fuel-flow was within the limit.

Also they claim a Technical Directive given by the FIA to the teams prior to the opening race outlining when the team can or cannot use their own data is not an official regulation therefore cannot be punished as such.

Finally team boss Christian Horner claimed there was fresh evidence that the team has to present in Paris on Monday but would not go into detail.

"Those points are vital. Every point is vital," Horner is quoted by Autosport.

"We have got a very strong case. As more races have progressed, issues have become more evident - and new evidence has come to light, new understandings have come to light.

"So hopefully we can present our case fairly and get our second place back that Daniel deserves from Melbourne."

Most onlookers believe a win for Red Bull would be detrimental to the FIA enforcing the new fuel-flow rule, indeed F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone himself has suggested the regulations should be scrapped but FIA President Jean Todt insists there is a need for the limit.

"There is a rule, and you need to respect the rules," he also told Autosport. "I would not have any problem not to have a fuel-flow meter. But the only problem is it would be like making one engine with a free capacity.

"The only way to limit the power of the engine is to have a flow meter that is controlled by the FIA."

Should the team succeed in winning the appeal, Ricciardo would vault from tenth to third in the Drivers' standings while Red Bull would also claw back 18 valuable points in their quest to maintain the gap to the currently rampant Mercedes in the Constructor's Championship.

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