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FIA backs meter manufacturers

ESPN Staff
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Still smiling despite the disqualification ... Daniel Ricciardo arrives in Perth on Monday © Getty Images

The FIA has given its backing for the manufacturers of the fuel-flow meter at the centre of Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.

The main thrust of Red Bull's defence on Sunday was a claim the meter was not functioning properly. "We could see a significant discrepancy with what the sensor was reading and what our fuel flow was stated as," argued Christian Horner. "That's where there's a difference of opinion."

The FIA insisted that there were not problems and all other teams complied with the regulations.

Now the meter's manufacturers, Gill Sensors, have issued a statement saying the FIA has provided it with "positive feedback" after the race "confirming their confidence in the development and stating the meters meet the FIA's accuracy specification".

Red Bull has until midday on Thursday to lodge a formal appeal against Ricciardo's disqualification with the FIA.