Jubilation over Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo’s second place finish during Sunday’s Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, turned to outrage and sorrow, when officials decided to disqualify him after a 5- hour debate. According to the stewards, Ricciardo's car had consistently gone over the maximum allowed fuel flow and that the team refused an instruction from the race's technical delegate Charlie Whiting to change the fuel-flow sensor before the race and a further request during the race to reduce the fuel flow.”
Ricciardo, 24, replaced Mark Webber on the Red Bull Team this season. His second place finish was the first time an Australian had achieved a position on the podium in a “home town” race, and Red Bull team owner Christian Horner was quick to exonerate him of any blame in the technical dispute.
The decision moved third place finisher Kevin Magnussen up to second place in his debut race, and gave his teammate at McLaren Jenson Button the third spot behind winner Nico Rosberg.
"I had an unbelievably quick car today," said Rosberg, who win by 24.5 seconds."It was such a pleasure to drive, it's such a great feeling and I really look forward to the new races."
Rosberg’s father Keke won the inaugural Australian F1 GP in 1985.
In the meantime, Red Bull announced that it was appealing the judgement, citing the fact, "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane," a Red Bull statement said. "The team and (engine supplier) Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations."