Motorsports court upholds Ricciardo's disqualification
Paris, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull lost its appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the March 16 Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
The FIA's International Court of Appeal announced on Tuesday it had upheld the race stewards' decision to exclude Ricciardo from the results of the race in Melbourne, Australia after the stewards determined Ricciardo's No. 3 Red Bull car had run with too high a fuel flow rate during the event. The FIA, which is F1's governing body, said after the completion of the Australian GP that his car had "exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100 kg per hour," which is a breach of technical regulations.
Ricciardo, an Australian, had crossed the finish line in second in front of his home crowd. He would have been awarded 18 points for the second-place finish. Ricciardo made his first start with Red Bull in that race.
Red Bull immediately notified the FIA of its intention to appeal the stewards' decision, saying, "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."
The court heard Red Bull's appeal on Monday in Paris. The FIA released a statement on the court's decision the following day, saying, "The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision No. 56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing's car No. 3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix."
The FIA also noted in its statement that further details of the court's decision will be released later this week.
After learning of the court's decision, Red Bull released a statement.
"We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn't think we had a very strong case," the statement read. "We always believed we adhered to the technical regulations throughout the 2014 Australian Grand Prix. We are sorry for Daniel that he will not be awarded the 18 points from the event, which we think he deserved. We will continue to work very hard to amass as many points as possible for the team, Daniel and Sebastian [Vettel] throughout the season.
Ricciardo's points total for the season remains at 12. He retired in the closing laps of the March 30 Malaysian Grand Prix but bounced back nicely with a fourth-place finish in the April 6 Bahrain Grand Prix. F1 will be in Shanghai this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix.
"It's disappointing not to get the 18 points from Australia, but if anything it gives me more motivation to get back on the podium as soon as possible," Ricciardo said. "I've had a few set-backs in the first couple of races this year, but in Bahrain I demonstrated that, if anything, I'm stronger for it and hungrier than ever to get back on the podium. Not that I need any more motivation, I'm pumped."
04/15 10:47:27 ET