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Ricciardo Australian GP disqualification upheld by FIA

Apr 15, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

Ricciardo AP

Following a hearing and testimony, the FIA Court of Appeal has upheld the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull from the Australian Grand Prix, and rejected the team’s appeal.

Ricciardo’s car was bounced from the race for exceeding the maximum fuel flow rate.

Red Bull had argued that by using its own fuel calculations, the car was good to the regulations. It cited “inconsistencies” in the FIA’s calculations for opting to go that route, and felt confident it could win out.

Here’s the official statement from the FIA, via its official website:

The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the Decision N°56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s car N°3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

The International Court of Appeal was presided over by Mr Harry DUIJM (Netherlands), and included Mr Rui BOTICA SANTOS (Portugal), Mr Philippe NARMINO (Monaco), Mr Antonio RIGOZZI (Switzerland) and Mr Jan STOVICEK (Czech Republic).

The full decision will be available on the website by the end of the week.

Meanwhile here was Red Bull’s reaction, via the official Formula One website:

“We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn’t think we had a very strong case.

“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.

“We will now move on from this and concentrate on this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.”

As it is, Ricciardo got his best finish with his new team in Bahrain two weeks ago, and seeks his first podium – again – this weekend.

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    It’s unfortunate for Ricciardo but it’s good to see the FIA finally grow a pair. They can’t undue the damage from past years of incompetence and disgrace but at least they can try to become professionals and enforce the rules. I’m sure Red B.S. Racing will find more ways to cheat and get away with it as they’ve done the past three seasons.

  2. worknman24hours - Apr 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Look, you don’t cheat and tell everyone in the world how you cheated and expect the ruling committee to give you a pass.

    From now on,Christian needs to step away from the exhaust fumes for a while before he talks to the press.

  3. techmeister1 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    IMO Horner and Marko are just arse clown cheaters. They should have been banned from F1 years ago for their chronic cheating.

    As far as the fuel flow deal, the race stewards monitor fuel consumption real time in ’14 so they knew and warned Red B.S. Racing before and during the race. Red B.S. Racing is just scum IMO. Ricciardo needs to find a seat with a respectable team.

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