2014 Australian Grand Prix Sunday - Australian Grand Prix


By: Matt Beer, Edd Straw, Ben Anderson, Jonathan Noble, Scott Mitchell, Andrew van Leeuwen


Status: Stopped
10:23 Thank you for sticking with AUTOSPORT Live for a delayed, unsavoury end to the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

There will be plenty of fallout to come, so stick with AUTOSPORT.com over the coming days for all the reaction to the 2014 Formula 1 season's curtain-raiser.

On Monday we'll bring you EDD STRAW's new-for-2014 analysis of how the race was won, plus his driver ratings, while Tuesday's feature content will include GARY ANDERSON's verdict on events in Melbourne.

The next bout of live coverage comes next weekend courtesy of Race Centre Live and the MotoGP season opener, while our live F1 coverage will return in two weeks' time for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Will Nico Rosberg and Mercedes remain on top? Can Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull bounce back from a troubled (and now controversial) first round? And are Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button going to be podium contenders again for McLaren?

You'll have to join us again next time find out.

Nico Rosberg Australian Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg Australian Grand Prix

09:56 But Red Bull boss Christian Horner is adamant the fuel-flow rate was legal, and the FIA's system could not be trusted.

JONATHAN NOBLE has the story:

Red Bull insists Ricciardo fuel-flow rate legal
09:53 BEN ANDERSON cuts to the chase of the FIA's ruling and explains the elements that damned Ricciardo to disqualification:

FIA: Red Bull ignored requests over fuel flow
09:42 Immediate consolatory encouragement for Ricciardo from fellow sometime HRT F1 driver Karun Chandhok:

"Really a shame for @danielricciardo! Thought he was outstanding all through quali & the race...Hold your head high mate! #FirstWinComingSoon"
09:41 Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has come out fighting over this issue. JONATHAN NOBLE is just back from speaking to him, story soon.
09:37 And here is the stewards' ruling on the Ricciardo disqualification in full:

Stewards' Ricciardo ruling in full
09:31 Here's the full story on Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion from the Australian Grand Prix, why Red Bull intend to appeal, plus revised results and standings:

Ricciardo disqualified over fuel-flow issue
09:28 Boullier, having switched from Lotus, is also delighted to be heading up a championship-leading squad.

"To be in first place in the constructors' world championship is a very nice feeling, but let's not forget that today's race was only the first of 19, and I'll be a lot happier if we're still in first place in the constructors' world championship after the 19th race!

"Kevin scored 18 of the 33 constructors' world championship points we racked up today, Jenson 15, and both guys drove superbly."
09:25 McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has certainly got more to smile about now than the team did at any point last year.

He was effusive in his praise of Magnussen's rookie performance:

"Kevin's drive was one of the finest performances by a Formula 1 rookie in living memory. Despite his youth and inexperience, he drove like a man who'd notched up 100 grands prix already.

"It was a complex and challenging race, yet he managed those complexities and challenges faultlessly."
09:22 Obviously that removes Ricciardo from second in the drivers' championship too, but it also benefits McLaren - which now holds an eight point lead over Mercedes rather than just two.

Revised drivers' championship standings:

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

Revised constructors' championship standings:

1. McLaren/Mercedes 33
2. Mercedes 25
3. Ferrari 18
4. Williams/Mercedes 10
5. Force India/Mercedes 9
6. Toro Rosso/Renault 6

That promotion to second for Magnussen is the best result for a grand prix debutant in 18 years, with the Dane equaling then-Williams driver Jacques Villeneuve's 1996 Australian Grand Prix effort on his first F1 start.
09:05 We'll have the full story of the stewards' decision shortly, and JONATHAN NOBLE has headed straight for the Red Bull garage to find out more.
09:04 The FIA had made it clear from the outset this weekend that it was adopting a "zero tolerance" approach to the new-for-2014 stringent fuel rules.
09:01 Immediate retaliation from Red Bull, which announces it will appeal the decision.

"The team has notified the FIA of its intention to appeal with immediate effect. Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pitlane.

"The team and Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."
08:58 This is how it changes the race results (classified finishers only):

1. Rosberg
2. Magnussen
3. Button
4. Alonso
5. Bottas
6. Hulkenberg
7. Raikkonen
8. Vergne
9. Kvyat
10. Perez
11. Sutil
12. Gutierrez
13. Chilton
08:57 Heartbreak for the Australian, who loses an excellent second place on his Red Bull debut - a decision that removes him from the record books as the only Aussie to stand on the podium at his home grand prix.
08:57 More news on Ricciardo imminently, and here's the full story of what caused his team-mate Vettel's retirement:

Renault investigating Vettel power loss
08:54 Officials confirming that Ricciardo is excluded from the Australian GP for exceeding the fuel flow limit.
08:45 BEN ANDERSON: "I spoke to Renault's head of track operations, Remi Taffin, earlier. He gave some insight into Sebastian Vettel's struggles this weekend, and the reason for his retirement."
08:24 If you're wondering if this might be a case of sleeping on it, AUTOSPORT understands that the FIA stewards are required to make a ruling one way or the other this evening.

It's approaching 11.30pm in Melbourne now and Ricciardo is believed to have left the circuit.
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