Updates from Thursday, March 20
Red Bull has decided to appeal Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix.
The news was reported by Eurosport on Thursday:
Red Bull debutant Daniel Ricciardo was excluded from his home Grand Prix after breaching fuel consumption rules.
The 24-year-old Aussie crossed the line in second place behind race winner Nico Rosberg, and despite sampling champagne on the podium in the immediate race aftermath, he’ll go to Malaysia on zero points, capping off a miserable day for Red Bull who are set to appeal the decision per BBC Sport:
The FIA have instilled a fuel flow sensor in every car ahead of this season to monitor the fuel-flow rate in each car, which is not supposed to exceed 100kg per hour. It’s reported that Ricciardo’s rate was “consistently” above that limit.
FIA spokesman Jo Bauer outlined the reasons for the disqualification in a statement per BBC Sport:
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.
Red Bull later released a statement confirming they would appeal the decision, courtesy of ZeeNews.India.com's Staff:
"Following the decision of the FIA that Red Bull Racing is in breach of Article 3.2 of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations and Article 5.1.4 of the FIA Formula 1 Technical Regulations with Car 3, the Team has notified the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect," said a Red Bull statement.
"Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The team is confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."
Ricciardo’s second-place finish looked to have salvaged some positives for Red Bull on a day which saw world champion Sebastian Vettel retired due to engine problems. But the holders of the constructor's title will be playing catch up if they are to retain their title this season.
The result sees McLaren’s 21-year-old rookie Kevin Magnussen pushed up into second place and his teammate Jenson Button up into third:
Whilst Ricciardo will be disappointed to be disqualified, his overall performance bodes well for an exciting season for the former Toro Rosso driver. He displayed superb concentration and wonderful maturity over the course of the weekend, impressing in practice, qualifying and on race day.
Red Bull as a team have showcased on many occasions that they are capable of bouncing back from adversity so we should expect a strong showing in Malaysia in a fortnight’s time. Ricciardo’s performance suggests the car is in good order and when Vettel rediscovers his rhythm, Red Bull will be the team to beat once again.