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Ricciardo appeal gets hearing date
Red Bull's appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix will be heard at the FIA's headquarters in Paris on April 14.
Ricciardo, making his debut for Red Bull at his home grand prix, was disqualified from second place several hours after the chequered flag fell in Melbourne, after his car was found to have infringed new fuel rules.
On Thursday, Red Bull formally confirmed their intention to appeal the decision and the sport's governing body has moved quickly to set a date for the hearing at its International Court of Appeal.
In a statement, the FIA said the hearing would commence at 9.30am local time on April 14 - six days before the fourth round of the 2014 season is staged in Shanghai.
The FIA's post-race checks in Melbourne found the 24-year-old Australian's car to have ''consistently exceeded'' the new fuel-flow rate of no more than 100kg per hour.
The rate is monitored by a standard-issue FIA meter, manufactured by UK-based Gill Sensors .
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner claims there was an issue with the sensor that cause it to change its reading through Friday practice. The sensor was replaced on Saturday but failed during qualifying.
Red Bull then elected to use their own readings to determine the fuel-flow rate, a move which had not been cleared with the FIA.
FIA technical director Charlie Whiting confirmed Red Bull were warned against taking such actions, both after qualifying and again five laps into the race, but chose to ignore the directive.
Red Bull will now have to prove the FIA sensor, which Horner has described as ''unreliable'' and ''immature technology'', was defective and that their own device was not in error.
Pending the outcome of the appeal, the result of Sunday's grand prix, with McLaren drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button promoted to second and third behind race winner Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, remains provisional.