Australian GP: Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull excluded over fuel flow
|By Ben Anderson||Sunday, March 16th 2014, 13:23 GMT|
Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull has been excluded from second place in Formula 1's 2014 season-opening Australian Grand Prix for fuel-flow irregularities.
The world champion team will appeal against the verdict.
The Australian delighted his home crowd by qualifying on the front row and finishing runner-up to Nico Rosberg's dominant Mercedes on his Red Bull debut.
But the stewards began an investigation post-race, after the FIA reported that Ricciardo's RB10 had "consistently" exceeded the fuel flow limit of 100kg/h mandated in the new 2014 regulations.
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After several hours of deliberation, the stewards confirmed Ricciardo's exclusion from second place, which promotes McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen to second and team-mate Jenson Button to third.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso now takes fourth, Valtteri Bottas fifth for Williams, while Nico Hulkenberg is promoted into the top six.
His Force India team-mate Sergio Perez takes the final point for 10th spot, behind Kimi Raikkonen's seventh placed Ferrari and the two Toro Rossos of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat.
Red Bull immediately notified the FIA of its intent to appeal the decision.
"Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pitlane," said a Red Bull statement.
"The team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."
Revised result - 57 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1h32m58.710s 2. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes +26.777s 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes +30.027s 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari +35.284s 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes +47.639s 6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes +50.718s 7. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari +57.675s 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault +1m00.441s 9. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault +1m03.585s 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes +1m25.916s 11. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap 12. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari +1 lap 13. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari +2 laps 14. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari +8 laps* * Not classified Retirements: Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault DSQ Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 43 laps Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 29 laps Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 27 laps Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 3 laps Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2 laps Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0 laps Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 0 laps Drivers' championship: 1. Nico Rosberg 25 2. Kevin Magnussen 18 3. Jenson Button 15 4. Fernando Alonso 12 5. Valtteri Bottas 10 6. Nico Hulkenberg 8 7. Kimi Raikkonen 6 8. Jean-Eric Vergne 4 9. Daniil Kvyat 2 10. Sergio Perez 1 Constructors' championship: 1. McLaren/Mercedes 33 2. Mercedes 25 3. Ferrari 18 4. Williams/Mercedes 10 5. Force India/Mercedes 9 6. Toro Rosso/Renault 6