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Formula One: Ricciardo stripped of second spot in home race over new fuel rule

Published on Mar 16, 2014 10:21 PM
 
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia speeds along the track in the Formula One Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 16, 2014. Ricciardo was disqualified from his sensational second-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix for breaching a new limit on fuel use, officials said on Sunday, March 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Home favourite Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from his sensational second-place finish at the Australian Grand Prix for breaching a new limit on fuel use, officials said on Sunday.

After a marathon hearing, stewards announced that Ricciardo, who finished runner-up in his Red Bull behind Nico Rosberg, was excluded from the race result at the season-opener.

Stewards said that his car was not in compliance with F1 technical regulations and had exceeded the maximum fuel flow, or rate of fuel consumption, of 100kg/h.

Red Bull immediately said they would appeal against the decision, which made Ricciardo the first casualty of new limits on maximum fuel load and fuel flow introduced this year.

 
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