Formula One: Ricciardo stripped of second spot in home race over new fuel rule
Published on Mar 16, 2014 10:21 PM
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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