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Red Bull formally lodges appeal

ESPN Staff
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Red Bull has confirmed it has formally launched an appeal against the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo crossed the line in second, which would have made him the first Australian to finish on the Albert Park podium, but was thrown out of the race in the evening as it emerged Red Bull had ignored an FIA warning about fuel-flow sensors. After immediately serving notice of their intention to appeal, the team were then given 96 hours to process their application, and did so just ahead of Thursday's deadline via the Austrian motor sport federation.

The FIA insists the team was made aware several times that it was breaking the rules during the race, but Red Bull believes the FIA's fuel-flow meters supplied had shown "inconsistencies". The hearing will now go before the FIA's Court of Appeal at a date yet to be determined.

The 2014 engines must have a fuel-flow rate of no more than 100kg/h at full throttle, as part of the new regulations around the new formula, which has introduced the 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrid with a limited fuel allowance. The team said they and engine supplier Renault are "confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance".

Pending the outcome of the appeal, the race result, with McLaren duo Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button promoted to second and third behind Nico Rosberg, remains provisional.