Whiting reveals Red Bull were warned early in the race

Charlie Whiting

Charlie Whiting

Formula 1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has revealed that Red Bull were warned after Qualifying and during the Australian Grand Prix that they were breaking the rules, which after the race led to Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from second place for contravening the fuel flow rules.

Whiting told members of the media, “We advised them twice after Qualifying and five laps into the race to take the necessary steps to comply with the regulations. They chose to use their own calculations to show that they complied. If they had followed the advice we gave them at the time, we would not have had a problem and they would not have been penalised.

“If their sensor was kaput, then thing would have been different. It is a human thing because they have the ability to do was needed to comply,” said Whiting. (GP247)

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  • Hugo Lafreniere

    Not surprised that RBR chose to disregard the warnings. Their 4-time champ disboeyed their own internal orders and they didn’t mind last year, why would they care what the FIA says?

  • KevinW

    Yes, IRB were indeed warned as stated, and had a problem to deal with they should have handled better. However, if Whiting was that sure the flow meter data was accurate, then why just one warning at five laps, then wait to the end of the race to disqualify a finisher? Why not a drive-through to re-enforce the warning? Was the only recourse a complete disqualification? Or, is this just a case of setting an example, like thugs burning a business down to establish their authority and warn the neighbors? They were handed the golden opportunity to make the strongest case here, as IRB are a popular lighting rod for this sort of thing. Had this been Alanso or Hamilton it’s hard not to feel the outcome and handling of the situation would have been completely different.

  • Amos James

    Wel, RBR have been caught doing quite a few shady things and have only got warnings, in the past (ride height adjustors, the Monaco slot vs hole debacle). Perhaps they thought it was worth the risk and they had enough of an argument to come out of it with another warning…

  • Severn

    What “reveals”? This is nothing new, he merely repeated what he said in the stewards report.

    Did Ricciardo’s car exceed the fuel flow limit? Considering Whiting’s track record, my money is on RB’s data being correct and Whiting being wrong.

  • Boycottthebull

    And RBR told Charlie before qualifying that the sensor was faulty and giving inconsistent readings and they change it. Charlie told them to put the faulty one back in. The answer to this problem is not to remove the faulty sensors but give each team a differing equivalency factor to turn down the meter, effectively controlling individual teams engine power. Charlie as usual totally out of his depth and never prepared to admit it backs the meter supplier because if he doesnt him and the FIA will look like the fools that they are. The meters were troublesome way before the teams even got them and the while idea was almost scrapped but Gill claimed there were fine and everyone just takes their word. RBR wont win their appeal because the FIA effectively will have to concede they were incompetent. I personally am anti-RedBull but the meters are dodgy and the FIA will be bloody minded and never admit it until the meters are tested dependently and proven so in court. I cannot wait for the Todt/Bernie/Whiting era to be over.

  • Jerry Holloway

    I think they just genuinely feel they are right and the FIA is wrong when it comes to this fuel sensor thing. Their plan was to finish as high as possible and if dq’d to appeal, which is exactly what has happened. When all the facts are on the table, we’ll see whether they were right or wrong. Unless the FIA sweeps the cards off the table and says “too bad”.

  • Pear Bear

    The answer is to remove the fuel flow meters completely. They are not
    needed. Each car has 100kg of fuel and they must regulate it themselves
    to finish the race. Why have a meter to regulate fuel flow? If they run
    out of fuel they lose the race. How much more unecessarily complicated
    do they want to make it?

  • gmtF2

    The FIA is in danger of screwing up F1 for the fans. The sensors are faulty, according to several teams and Parsche, so why cakll a result on the basis of faulty technology. More to the point, keep it simple. The teams get 100kg of fuel; per race. why the need for a flow sensor. It can only cause more protests, disputed and delayed results and aggravation for fans who want a result at the checkered flag. Listen up, FIA; THE FANS DON’T WANT THIS. DROP IT. LET THE RACE BE DECIDED WITH THE FUEL ALLOWED AND WITHOUT A COMPLICATING, ADDITIONAL POINT OF FAILURE.