Australian Grand Prix 2014: Daniel Ricciardo disqualified
Australian Grand Prix 2014: Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo is excluded from for breaching fuel consumption rules
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix for breaching fuel consumption rules.
The Australian finished second behind Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg but the stewards found that Ricciardo’s car exceeded the maximum fuel-flow rate “consistently”.
Red Bull confirmed that they will appeal the decision and said in a statement: “Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane.
“The team and [engine supplier] Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations.”
Ricciardo, 24, replaced Mark Webber at Red Bull following promotion from the outfit’s junior team Toro Rosso.
FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer said in a statement: “During the race, car number three [Ricciardo] has exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel-flow of 100kg/h.
“This is not in compliance with Formula 1 regulations.”
Speaking after what would be his first-ever podium finish and before his exclusion, Ricciardo said: “Two or three weeks ago I would have bet pretty much everything I had that we would not be standing up there.
“Full credit to the team for an unbelievable turnaround. I don’t know how they did it but they did.”