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Daniel Ricciardo fired up despite unsuccessful appeal

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Daniel Ricciardo is more motivated than ever despite unsuccessfully appealing his exclusion from second place at the Australian Grand Prix.

The 24-year-old, in his first season with the senior Red Bull team, was found to have broken the new fuel-flow rate of 100kg/hr for much of the opening race of the season last month in Melbourne, resulting in a disqualification and bringing what was a fairytale début crashing down.

The Anglo-Austrian outfit has consistently argued that Ricciardo's car was within the limit based on data collected from their own sensor readings while the new sensor created by Gill for the FIA to then pass on to the teams was faulty.

In response it was claimed the FIA warned the team several times during the race about the fuel-flow rate on Ricciardo's car during his drive to second, however, Red Bull themselves ignored those warnings instead trusting their own data - believing the Technical Directive, which was issued by the governing body in relation to when a team could use its own readings, held no regulatory standing.

But in front of five judges in a hearing in Paris on Monday, the FIA successfully argued that Red Bull had broken the rule regarding the fuel-flow limit simply by ignoring the directive given by the race stewards regardless of what Red Bull's data shows.

The panel did, however, decide against any further action against the Milton Keynes-based team, as had been suggested by their biggest rivals Mercedes, as they had fully co-operated with the investigations and were cleared of intentionally cheating.

In a statement released after the verdict was announced, the team still defended its own actions while ultimately accepting 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 press release read.

"We always believed we adhered to the technical regulations throughout the 2014 Australian Grand Prix.

The disqualification from the event cost Ricciardo and the team what were described as 18 "valuable" points as the four-time defending champions look to keep the gap to current runaway leaders Mercedes to a minimum.

A successful appeal would have seen the Australian jump from 10th to third in the Drivers standings where he currently only has the 12 points, from another impressive performance in Bahrain, to his name.

An overturning of the decision would have also jumped Red Bull from fourth to second in the Constructor's standings.

In the statement the team apologised to Ricciardo for what was a team mistake claiming the man from Perth "deserved" the points he would have taken from an impressive first race for the team at his home race.

As for the man himself he remained upbeat insisting he comes out of the saga better than before.

"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," he said on the team's website.

"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!"

Looking back at the Melbourne weekend, the always smiling Aussie insists the disqualification was just a sour note to end what was a successful few days.

"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," he 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."

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