Formula One: Daniel Ricciardo Upset after Disqualification from Australian GP

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By Dhrubajyoti Biswas | April 16, 2014 3:57 PM EST

Australian racer Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified from the Australian GP despite Red Bull's appeal. The plea was rejected by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) on Tuesday.

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Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia speaks during a news conference after the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, south of Manama April 5, 2014

Ricciardo ended up second in the Australian Grand Prix held at Melbourne in March but got disqualified few hours later as he breached the new fuel flow regulations.

"The court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided to uphold the decision No56 of the stewards by which they decided to exclude infiniti Red Bull Racing's car No3 from the results of the 2014 Australian Grand Prix," FIA stated.

The final decision was taken in Paris after a six-hour hearing on Monday despite the plea of Red Bull. But FIA was firm in their decision.

The consequence of this event implied Ricciardo and Red Bull will be unable to recover 18 points. This will also lead Ricciardo's position descend the ladder on 10th off the chart.

"Infiniti Red Bull Racing accepts the ruling of the International Court of Appeal today ... 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 ]Ricciardo] 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," Red Bull said in a statement released after the verdict.

Meanwhile, the 24-year-old racer, who has not been to the hearing, was disappointed after the news. But he would take this decision as a motivating factor to end up on top of the league.

"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'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," Ricciardo said.

The FIA further confirmed the full details behind the case would be made available on their Web site by next week.

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(Photo: Reuters / Hamad I Mohammed)
Red Bull Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia speaks during a news conference after the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir, south of Manama April 5, 2014
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