Motor racing: Red Bull boss says Ricciardo, team blameless
Published on Mar 17, 2014 11:27 AM
MELBOURNE (AFP) - Red Bull boss Christian Horner said Daniel Ricciardo was blameless in the bungle that led to his sensational disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix, as the team vowed to fight the ruling.
The 24-year-old, who replaced retired Australian compatriot Mark Webber at Red Bull this season, crossed the finish line second behind Nico Rosberg's Mercedes on Sunday, but a technical infringement later cost him his place.
After a marathon hearing, stewards said his car was not in compliance with Formula One regulations after he exceeded the maximum fuel flow, or rate of fuel consumption, of 100kg per hour.
It made Ricciardo the first casualty of new limits on fuel load and fuel flow introduced this year. Horner and the team said they would appeal the ruling, maintaining they were not at fault.
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