Sensor supplier insists it has FIA's support
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|18 March 2014 by TF1T Staff||Tweet
Gill Sensors, which supplies the Formula 1 championship with ultrasonic fuel flow sensors, says it has received positive feedback from the FIA and has the governing body's backing.
Sensors and fuel flow rates have been the talk of the paddock after Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was stripped of his second place for exceeding the 100kg/h fuel flow limit during the Australian Grand Prix.
Whilst the FIA has tested the sensors and approved them for use in F1, Red Bull said the technology was immature and unreliable and therefore blamed it for giving an inaccurate reading.
Gill Sensors responded in a statement, saying the feedback it's received gives it no cause for concern.
"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.
"The meter development included an extensive testing programme, which involved liaising with many of the F1 teams for their valuable feedback on meter design and functionality.
"Meter calibration is handled by the FIA’s third party calibration company.
"The meters utilise ultrasonic technology which was selected for its resilience in extreme operating conditions. The FIA chose Gill Sensors for this complex development because of Gill’s 29 years of proven experience in Ultrasonics."
A Gill sensor as used in F1: