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2014-03-16 15:32

PODIUM POINTS CANCELLED: Australian Daniel Ricciardo, darling of his home Oz crowd with second in the 2014 F1 GP, has been disqualified from the race. Image: AFP

MELBOURNE, Australia — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo has been disqualified from his second-place finish in the 2014 Australian Formula 1 GP, turning a fairy-tale home-boy hero back to zero.

The decision was taken five hours after the race ended Sunday, made because of a breach of Formula 1's new fuel consumption regulations.

The Red Bull team said an appeal would be instituted "immediately". A statement from the team said: "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel-flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pits lane. The team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."


Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won the race, rookie Kevin Magnussen was promoted to second and his McLaren team mate Jenson Button to third. All others in the top down to 10th will have been elevated by one positions - meaning more points - and Force India driver Sergio Perez was promoted to 10th place to collect the last points.

Ricciardo's disqualification was a major blow to Australian fans who had been celebrating the first time a local driver had finished on the podium at his home race.

Race stewards said Ricciardo's car had "exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow" through the race.

Technical delegate Jo Bauer had said before the disqualification was announced: "During the race car number 03 has exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow of 100kg/hour. As this is not in compliance... I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration."

Whether Ricciardo would have been aware of his alleged non-compliance during the race seems unlikely so, assuming he wasn't, then he deserves the sympathy of Formula 1 fans the world over.

Revised result from the March 16 2014 Australian Formula 1 GP (including Ricciardo’s disqualification)
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1hr32min58.710
2 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren +26.777
3 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren +30.027
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +35.284
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes +47.639
6 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes +50.718
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +57.675
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault +1min00.441
9 Danill Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault +1min03.585
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes +1min25.916
11 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari +1 lap
12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari +1 lap
13 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari +2 laps

Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 8 laps
Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 14 laps
Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 28 laps
Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 30 laps
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - Renault 54 laps
Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 55 laps
Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 57 laps
Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 57 laps

Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault

Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg,1:32.478, lap 19.

Revised Drivers’ and Constructors’ points after the 2014 Australian F1 GP on March 16 (including Ricciardo’s disqualification)

1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 25
2 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 18
3 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 15
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 12
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 10
6 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - 8
7 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 6
8 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 4
9 Danill Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 2
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 1
11 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - 0
12 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
13 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0
14 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 0
15 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 0
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - 0
17 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 0
18 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 0
19 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 0
20 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 0
21 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 0
22 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 0

1 McLaren - 33
2 Mercedes - 25
3 Ferrari - 18
4 Williams-Mercedes - 10
5 Force India - Mercedes - 9
6 Toro Rosso - Renault - 6
7 Sauber - Ferrari - 0
8 Marussia - Ferrari - 0
9 Lotus - Renault - 0
10 Caterham - Renault - 0
11 Red Bull - Renault - 0
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