Daniel Ricciardo disqualified

  • Last Updated: March 16 2014, 13:52 GMT

Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix over five hours after delighting his home crowd by finishing runner-up.

Ricciardo's celebrations proved premature
Ricciardo's celebrations proved premature

Ricciardo produced a composed drive on his Red Bull debut to claim second spot at Melbourne's Albert Park behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg.

However, in scrutineering after the event, Ricciardo's car was found to have breached one of the new regulations for this year regarding fuel.

Cars for 2014 start with a maximum 100 kilograms of fuel on board, as opposed to 140-150kg in previous seasons, and operate with a fuel flow rate of no more than 100kg per hour.

But Ricciardo's car was found to consistently exceed that rate, and as a clear breach of the FIA regulations, he has been excluded from the race result.

Red Bull immediately announced their intention to appeal against the decision to disqualify their driver.

A statement from the team read: "Following the decision of the FIA that Red Bull Racing is in breach of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula One sporting regulations and Article 5.1.4 of the FIA Formula One technical regulations with Car 3, the team has notified the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect.

"Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."

In layman's terms, the fuel-flow rate is monitored by an FIA sensor. There have been accusations, however, that the sensors are faulty and have been providing misleading readings.

Red Bull, of their own volition, chose to use their own sensor to determine the fuel-flow rate which had not been cleared by the FIA.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting has confirmed Red Bull were warned twice about the matter after qualifying, and again five laps into the race, but chose to ignore it.

As an FIA statement read: "Regardless of the team's assertion that the sensor was at fault, it is not within their discretion to run a different fuel-flow measurement model without the permission of the FIA."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, though, has described himself as "extremely disappointed" and "quite surprised" with the stewards' decision.

Horner added: "Through the appeal process it will be quite clear the car has conformed at all times with the regulations and we've fully complied with the technical regulations."

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