Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo will use the FIA appeal result to fuel his motivation for the rest of the season, after the International Court of Appeal rejected Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s claim that the fuel-flow sensor was faulty.
The FIA last night delivered the news following a lengthy deliberation in Paris, ruling to uphold the initial decision, which disqualified Ricciardo from the Australian Grand Prix.
"It's disappointing not to get the 18 points from Australia, but if anything it gives me more motivation to get back on the podium as soon as possible,” Ricciardo said.
"I've had a few set-backs in the first couple of races this year, but in Bahrain I demonstrated that, if anything, I'm stronger for it and hungrier than ever to get back on the podium. Not that I need any more motivation, I'm pumped!
Despite being disappointed with the result, Ricciardo expressed his joy to have stood on the podium in front of his home crowd.
"I'm still really happy with my performance in Australia and for having had the experience of being on the podium in front of the home crowd,” Ricciardo said.
“I said that week, I'd rather have a great race, finish on the podium and then be excluded than to have had a rubbish race and then retire with a car problem half way through."
Red Bull Racing also accepted the decision, with the team already looking ahead to the rest of the season.
“We are of course disappointed by the outcome and would not have appealed if we didn't think we had a very strong case,” a team statement said.
“We are sorry for Daniel 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 throughout the season.”
The 2014 FIA Formula One World Championship™ continues this weekend in China, where Ricciardo will have another opportunity to clinch his maiden podium finish.