McLaren has chimed in on the Australian Grand Prix ‘Flowgate’ controversy, and are adamant that the FIA warned teams, as early as Bahrain, that only the approved Gill sensors would be used to measure fuel flow.
After Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified in Melbourne, Red Bull argued that it went its own way with the new fuel consumption rules because FIA’s mandatory sensors were not accurate enough.
However, engine supplier Renault’s rivals Mercedes and Ferrari backed the FIA in the wake of the ruling, while the sensor supplier Gill insisted that it has the full support of Formula 1’s governing body.
Now, Mercedes-powered McLaren says it was aware of some problems with the sensors for some weeks.
McLaren team boss Eric Boullier insists: “The FIA made clear in Bahrain that their sensors were the only reference for the calculation of the flow.
“We knew we had to be extremely careful,” he is quoted by Italiaracing.
“It is true that there were some problems, but it is also true that in the end we were consistent [with fuel flow] during the race and, like almost all the teams, even during the whole weekend,” the Frenchman added.
Ex Formula 1 driver Mika Salo thinks the Ricciardo controversy will not be the only fuel-related rule drama in 2014.
“I believe we will see it quite a lot,” he told Finnish broadcaster MTV3.
Salo said that Red Bull will appeal the disqualification, so “let’s see what the FIA does. The teams have complained about it a lot.” (GMM)
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