Daniel Ricciardo, newly graduated from the Toro Ross “junior” team, pilots his Red Bull RB10 to a stunning 2nd place at the 2014 Australian GP before a stewards disqualification for using an unapproved fuel flow sensor.
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The riotous celebrations on the podium and in the grandstands were soon muted as the news filtered through that the FIA was investigating a possible transgression regarding fuel flow. The sport’s new rules call for fuel use to be carefully regulated to 100kg/h during the race and, according to officials, Daniel’s car was believed to have gone beyond this tolerance.
Some four hours later the race stewards eventually delivered their verdict — Daniel was disqualified from the result. The team announced its intention to immediately appeal. The verdict was a painful end to the opening race day of the season, especially as Sebastian Vettel’s championship defense also got off to a rocky start when he was forced to retire from the race after just five laps with a power unit issue.