Red Bull Chief Advisor Dr Helmut Marko was very dissatisfied with the FIE decision, which, after the Abu Dhabi race, did not opt for Charles Leclerc's disqualification but awarded only a financial penalty to Ferrari.
In examining the Ferrari's car, the FIA found a large discrepancy between the amount of fuel reported before the race at the Ferrari and the actual measured quantity in the Leclerc car.
Technical delegate Jo Bauer, who noted the deviations from the regular car inspection, referred the matter to the commissioners, who were fined after the end of the Ferrari race 50. 000 Euros.
Red Bull boss Christian Horner was convinced before the FIE decision that Leclerc would lose third place.
“I don't see how I could get out without being disqualified, because this is only a matter of two options, and the FIA has already confirmed that it was a big deviation. It would surprise me to keep Leclerc third. “
The sheer financial penalty also angered Red Bull's Chief Advisor Dr Helmut Mark:
“There are clear rules and such a sweet punishment is a big joke. It is about fairness, compliance with the rules and equal treatment of all teams. This year's season is over, so it doesn't really matter, but we won't allow it in the year 2020. “