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Daniel Ricciardo hopeful of successful Melbourne appeal

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Few people have experienced the extreme high to then the extreme low that Daniel Ricciardo endured late on Sunday.

After becoming the first Australian to finish on the podium in a World Championship race Down Under, his jubilation was brought crashing down after being stripped of his second place through no fault of his own.

As Sunday turned to Monday, the stewards announced his disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix as his car was fitted with a fuel flow sensor not permitted by the FIA and his car was deemed to have broken the 100kg/hr flow rate on multiple occasions.

Speaking after hearing of his expulsion, Ricciardo told the local Herald Sun: "I'm not really in a place ... not in the mindset to talk about it right now.

However the next day, and back in his hometown of Perth, the 24-year-old is confident the appeal, Red Bull have lodged against his disqualification, will be successful.

"Otherwise they wouldn't (appeal)," he added. "It's a lot of time for them and some money as well so they have confidence that we can turn it around, but it's going to take a while until we know," he said.

The world champions have found few allies in their bid for support on the matter however, though it is understood all three engine manufacturers had issues with the fuel flow sensors over the weekend.

Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali told the Guardian: "We need to rely on the fact that it is a situation that is well-managed by the FIA."

While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff was quoted by the same publication as adding: "The FIA is obviously controlling fuel flow and checking with all the teams, and it is a question of learning by doing it between the FIA and the teams."

Much of the controversy over Ricciardo's exclusion stems from the fact it took six hours for the governing body and stewards to make this decision, the Aussie therefore claims his team has good grounds on which to lodge its appeal.

"They feel that it's not black or white, it's a little bit shaded, so that's why they're going to fight it and we'll see how they go," he said.

While it could take some time for that hearing to be heard, Red Bull's outspoken adviser, Dr Helmut Marko, believes the issue needs to be dealt with quickly to avoid similar incidents in future races.

"The device that measures the flow rate has weaknesses," he told Kleine Zeitung newspaper. "In our opinion we were within the regulations.

"This has to be clarified by the next race, because at the moment there is not a reliable measurement," Marko insisted.

Meanwhile, F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone believes the whole fuel flow rate in the race - where cars are limited to 100kg of fuel, needs to be scrapped.

"The whole regulation, to me, seems a bit of a joke," he told the Mirror.

Of the current 100kg race limit he added: "If you use too much you are going to run out of fuel. It seems to be that simple and if it isn't, it should be," he said.


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