HAPPIER TIMES: Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after finishing second before finding out about his disqualification.
HAPPIER TIMES: Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium after finishing second before finding out about his disqualification. GETTY IMAGES

Red Bull hopes high after disqualification appeal

MOTORSPORT: Red Bull boss Christian Horner is confident the team's appeal against the disqualification of Aussie driver Daniel Ricciardo in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix will be successful.

Ricciardo finished second behind Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. It was the West Australian-born driver's first race for Red Bull, and the first time an Australian had finished on the podium in Melbourne in the modern Formula One era.

His elation soon turned to disappointment, however, when informed that stewards had determined his car had exceeded the maximum fuel allowance of 100kg/hr during the race.

Red Bull had been informed after a practice session the day before the race that issues existed with the car's fuel use.

After Sunday's disqualification, the team issued a statement saying: "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane."

A decision on the appeal is expected before race two of the 2014 championship in Malaysia on March 30.


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