Daniel Ricciardo: FIA backs manufacturer in Red Bull fuel row
Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, says it is satisfied with the fuel-flow meter at the centre of Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.
Ricciardo's team Red Bull intend to appeal the punishment, arguing that the flow meter was inaccurate.
The meter's manufacturers Gill Sensors say the FIA has provided it with 'positive feedback'.
The matter is now set to be resolved by lawyers in an FIA court.
Ricciardo, 24 was disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after the FIA discovered the car exceeded the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100kg per hour.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner insisted after the race that the team had complied with the regulations, adding that the fuel sensors have caused problems since their introduction.
"We could see a significant discrepancy with what the sensor was reading and what our fuel flow was stated as - that's where there's a difference of opinion," Horner said.
Gill Sensors has issued a statement claiming motorsport's world governing body has no issues with its product.
"Following the Australian Grand Prix last weekend, the FIA have provided Gill Sensors with positive feedback on the performance of the fuel-flow meter, confirming their confidence in the development and stating the meters meet the FIA's accuracy specification," it read.
Red Bull has until midday on Thursday to make a formal appeal to the FIA.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg won the season-opening race, with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen promoted to second after Australian Ricciardo's disqualification from his home race.