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Red Bull out in the cold as rivals back FIA

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Thumbs up from Daniel Ricciardo as he leaves the podium ... but it was downhill from there on Sunday for Red Bull © Getty Images

Red Bull, which has until Thursday midday to lodge an appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification in Melbourne, appears isolated in its protests against the FIA's fuel-sensoring equipment.

At the core of Red Bull's protests are claims the equipment is unreliable. However, its position has been weakened by support given to the FIA by rivals Mercedes and Ferrari.

Under FIA rules, teams cannot replace approved FIA equipment with their own, which is what Red Bull did. So while 21 cars, including Ricciardo's team-mate Sebastain Vettel, worked with the FIA system, Red Bull chose to use their own monitoring on Ricciardo.

Stefano Domenicali, the Ferrari team principal, said: "We need to rely on the fact that it is a situation that is well managed by the FIA. We have the FIA that will do their job and I am sure there will not be a problem at all."

That position was almost immediately supported by Mercedes' Toto Wolff. "The FIA is obviously controlling fuel flow and checking with all the teams, and it is a question of learning by doing it between the FIA and the teams," he said. "The fuel-flow meter is an FIA system and this needs to be integrated in the cars. This is a learning process where the teams support the FIA and vice versa."

And 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".

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