Horner sure Red Bull has a strong case

By on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner believes that the reigning world champions have a strong case as they prepare for the hearing into Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix next week.

Ricciardo was disqualified from second place at his home event for exceeding the fuel flow rate limit according to the FIA sensor, although Red Bull claims the sensors provided by the sport's governing body were inaccurate.

The case will be heard at the FIA's International Court of Appeal in Paris on Monday.

"Those points are vital, every point is vital," Horner is quoted by ESPN F1.

"I think we've got a very strong case. As more races have progressed, issues have become more evident and [a greater] understanding has come to light. Hopefully we can present our case fairly and get the second place back that Daniel deserves from Melbourne."

Horner is also confident that Red Bull, currently in fourth place in the Constructors' championship, can start gaining on early leaders Mercedes when the sport returns to Europe next month.

"We're just going to keep working on it, no-one is giving up," he said. "We know where we need to improve and we are just going to keep pushing. The Renault guys are working hard on it in Paris and everybody in Milton Keynes if fully fired up.

"If you think where we were five weeks ago at the test in Bahrain we would never have made a race distance, let alone a competitive race. In China Mercedes are going to be very difficult to compete against with the km-long straight, but once we get back to Europe we need to start making in-roads into them."

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