World motor sports governing body the FIA on Tuesday announced that Red Bull’s appeal over Daniel Ricciardo’s disqualification from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been rejected.
The Australian driver finished second in Melbourne in front of his home crowd but was disqualified for using more fuel than was allowed.
The new rule for the 2014 season restricts the fuel flow rate to the engine to 100 kilograms per hour.
Red Bull – who blame a faulty sensor – also failed to reduce the flow despite being informed of their error during qualification and early in the race.
Ricciardo therefore loses the 18 points gained down under and is now tenth in the driver standings.
McLaren pair Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button were promoted to second and third respectively for the race.