Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix will stand after Red Bull Racing failed in their appeal to overturn the steward’s decision.
The Australian, who was making his debut for the Tilbrook-based team, finished second at his home race in Melbourne, but was later disqualified due to a breach in the sport’s new fuel regulations.
It was adjudged his RB10 was ‘consistently’ surpassing the legal fuel flow rate of 100kg/h, though Red Bull claimed the reading came as a result of a faulty censor, and that their own measuring devices said they were within the rules.
The team took the case to the FIA International Court of Appeal on Monday, but heard on Tuesday that Ricciardo’s disqualification would stand.
The FIA statement said: “The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the decision by which they decided to exclude Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s car Number 3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.”
A statement from the team said: “Infiniti Red Bull Racing accepts the ruling of the International Court of Appeal.
“We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn’t think we had a very strong case.
“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.
“We will now move on from this and concentrate on this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.”
Ricciardo though remained upbeat about his chances of getting on the podium again, especially after a great race in Bahrain.
He said: “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.
“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!
“I’m still really happy with my performance in Australia and for having had the experience of being on the podium in front of the home crowd.
“I said that week, I’d rather have a great race, finish on the podium and then be excluded than to have had a rubbish race and then retire with a car problem half way through.”