Ricciardo had originally finished the race in second place, but was duly disqualified by the FIA stewards after his #3 car was found to have exceeded the maximum permitted fuel flow of 100kg/h throughout the race. The entire Red Bull team stringently denied that he had done so, and instead lay fault with the FIA fuel sensors following problems earlier on in the race weekend.
After many weeks of discussions, rumours and statements of intent, the cards were finally laid down on the table in Paris today as the hearing was heard by the court of appeal.
Red Bull entered the case confident of victory after new evidence had supposedly come to light over the past few weeks, but given the way that this matter has unfolded, it appears that a victory for the champion team would open the door for increased self-governance in Formula 1 by the teams.
Proceedings lasted six hours today, and it was confirmed by the International Court of Appeal general secretary Jean-Christophe Breillat: “We will announce the decision tomorrow morning at the latest.”
According to reports, a number of Red Bull’s technical staff was present including Adrian Newey, as well as many of Renault Sport’s personnel.
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