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Red Bull’s hopes of being propelled up to second place in the Constructors’ Championship have been hit after the FIA rejected their appeal against the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old Australian, drafted in to replace outgoing fellow compatriot Mark Webber for the 2014 campaign, appeared to have marked his debut for the Milton Keynes-based four-time world champions with a dream second-placed finish on home soil.
However the stewards in Melbourne opted to disqualify Ricciardo five hours after the race when his RB10 car was adjudged to have breached fuel regulations.
Red Bull were warned on several occasions that they were in breach of new rules limiting the teams to a fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour.
However, following their disqualification they felt the “immature technology” behind the fuel-flow sensor meant it was “unreliable” and “inconsistent” which is why they immediately lodged an appeal.
But after a meeting of the International Court of Appeal in Paris on Monday, the FIA released a short statement on its website on Tuesday morning to confirm that the decision of the stewards to exclude Ricciardo from the results of the race last month had been upheld.
F1’s governing body will release a full explanation for why Red Bull’s appeal has been rejected later in the week.
The outcome means Red Bull remain down in fourth in the Constructors’ Championship standings after the opening three races with Mercedes still 67 points clear of second-placed Force India ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
Mercedes are 1.10 to win the Constructors Championship in 2014 with the Field 6.68.