Red Bull will move forward following their failed appeal against Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from last month’s season-opening Australian Grand Prix in order to focus on this weekend’s race in China.
The Milton Keynes-based marque appealed the decision of race stewards, who denied Ricciardo the runner-up spot he achieved in front of his home fans in Melbourne due to a fuel irregularity. After the FIA’s International Court of Appeal in Paris upheld the decision, Red Bull expressed their disappointment but vowed to move on.
“Infiniti Red Bull Racing accepts the ruling of the International Court of Appeal today,” the team said in a statement.
“We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn’t think we had a very strong case. We always believed we adhered to the technical regulations throughout the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.
“We are sorry for Daniel (Ricciardo) that he will not be awarded the 18 points from the event, which we think he deserved. We will continue to work very hard to amass as many points as possible for the team, Daniel and Sebastian (Vettel) throughout the season.
“We will now move on from this and concentrate on this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.”
The decision means that Red Bell and Ricciardo will not recover the 18 points he lost in Melbourne, leaving the driver in 10th place in the overall standings. Ricciardo’s car had been found to have consistently exceeded the maximum allowed fuel flow rate of 100 kilograms per hour, but Red Bull cited persistent issues with the sensors over the course of the weekend that forced them to take their own readings.
The FIA claimed that no other instrument, other than the permitted sensor, was allowed to measure the fuel flow, with Red Bull warned both after qualifying and five laps into the race with regard to the matter.