The International Automobile Federation (FIA) has today rejected an appeal made by Infiniti Red Bull Racing to reinstate Daniel Ricciardo’s second place finish in this year’s Australian Grand Prix. Ricciardo’s career best finish was rescinded 5 hours after the race had ended when the FIA found his car to be in breach of Formula 1’s newly implemented fuel regulations. The result means the 18 point deduction on Ricciardo’s podium finish is maintained, leaving the driver currently in tenth place in the Driver’s Championship instead of a possible third.
Paul Harris QC, who acted on behalf of Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 in support of the FIA, described the actions of Red Bull as “a flagrant and deliberate disregard for the rules.”
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