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Red Bull lose Ricciardo appeal

The FIA have rejected Red Bull's appeal against the disqualification of Daniel Ricciardo from the Australian GP.

In a short statement released on the governing body's website, the FIA confirmed that the decision of the stewards to exclude Ricciardo from the results of the race last month had been upheld following a meeting of the International Court of Appeal.

Ricciardo had finished second on the road in his debut race for the team only to be disqualified five hours after the chequered flag had fallen when his RB10 car was adjudged to have breached fuel regulations.

A full explanation for why Red Bull's appeal has been rejected will be released later this week.

The World Champions had strenuously denied any wrongdoing, arguing that the fuel flow sensor at the heart of the case was "unreliable", "inconsistent" and "immature technology".

However, in a statement released on Tuesday, Red Bull said they accepted the decision.

"We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn't think we had a very strong case," the statement read. "We always believed we adhered to the technical regulations throughout the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

"We are sorry for Daniel (Ricciardo) that he will not be awarded the 18 points from the event, which we think he deserved. We will continue to work very hard to amass as many points as possible for the team, Daniel and Sebastian (Vettel) throughout the season.

"We will now move on from this and concentrate on this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix."

The team were repeatedly warned by Race Control during the season-opening race in Melbourne that they were in breach of new rules limiting teams to a fuel flow rate of 100kg per hour.

With the FIA-homologated sensor on Ricciardo's car giving faulty readings, Red Bull ignored requests to apply an offset to bring the fuel flow rate back to the legal maximum.

They opted instead to use their own fuel calculations and, adamant they hadn't exceeded the maximum rate, argued that the warnings - backed by a technical directive issued pre-season - lacked regulatory value.

The outcome of Red Bull's appeal was seen as a litmus test of the sport's new regulations and its governance, with representatives of Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus, Williams and Force India all in attendance on Monday for the hearing in Paris.

"I think this was the only decision that the FIA could come to," declared Sky Sports F1's Ted Kravitz. "To allow Red Bull's appeal would have been open season for all the other teams to choose which technical directive and which regulation they ignore and which they obey.

"It would have been chaos in Formula 1. We would have ended every race not knowing who was really the winner, because we were going to get a stewards' enquiry and perhaps a court case after the rest of it.

"I think this was really the only thing that the FIA could do. They accepted that perhaps by their own measurement, Red Bull had only used 100 kilos per hour, but that's not the rule; the rule is that you have to go by the FIA's way of measuring this fuel flow rate.

"I think sense has prevailed."