Formula One

         === Motorsports court upholds Ricciardo's disqualification ===
 Paris,  France  ( - Red  Bull lost its appeal against Daniel
 Ricciardo's  disqualification from  the  March 16  Formula One  season-opening
 Australian Grand Prix.
 The FIA's International Court of Appeal announced on Tuesday it had upheld the
 race  stewards' decision  to exclude Ricciardo from the results of the race in
 Melbourne,  Australia after the stewards determined Ricciardo's No. 3 Red Bull
 car had run with too high a fuel flow rate during the event. The FIA, which is
 F1's  governing body,  said after the completion of the Australian GP that his
 car  had  "exceeded consistently the  maximum allowed fuel  flow of 100 kg per
 hour," which is a breach of technical regulations.
 Ricciardo,  an  Australian, had crossed the  finish line in second in front of
 his  home  crowd. He  would have  been awarded 18  points for the second-place
 finish. Ricciardo made his first start with Red Bull in that race.
 Red Bull immediately notified the FIA of its intention to appeal the stewards'
 decision,  saying, "Inconsistencies  with the  FIA fuel  flow meter  have been
 prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The team and [engine supplier]
 Renault  are  confident the fuel supplied  to the engine is in full compliance
 with the regulations."
 The  court  heard Red  Bull's appeal  on Monday  in Paris.  The FIA released a
 statement on the court's decision the following day, saying, "The Court, after
 having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the
 Decision  No. 56 of the Stewards by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red
 Bull Racing's car No. 3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix."
 The  FIA also  noted in  its  statement that  further details  of the  court's
 decision will be released later this week.
 After learning of the court's decision, Red Bull released a statement.
 "We  are of course  disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if
 we  didn't  think we had  a very strong case,"  the statement read. "We always
 believed   we  adhered  to  the  technical  regulations  throughout  the  2014
 Australian Grand Prix. We are sorry for Daniel that he will not be awarded the
 18 points from the event, which we think he deserved. We will continue to work
 very  hard to  amass as  many  points as  possible  for the  team, Daniel  and
 Sebastian [Vettel] throughout the season.
 Ricciardo's  points total  for the  season remains  at 12.  He retired  in the
 closing laps of the March 30 Malaysian Grand Prix but bounced back nicely with
 a  fourth-place finish  in the  April  6 Bahrain  Grand  Prix. F1  will be  in
 Shanghai this weekend for the Chinese Grand Prix.
 "It's  disappointing not  to get the 18 points from Australia, but if anything
 it  gives me  more motivation to get  back on the podium as soon as possible,"
 Ricciardo  said. "I've  had a few set-backs  in the first couple of races this
 year, but in Bahrain I demonstrated that, if anything, I'm stronger for it and
 hungrier  than ever  to get  back on  the  podium. Not  that I  need any  more
 motivation, I'm pumped."
 04/15 10:47:27 ET

Powered by The Sports Network.