Updated: Thursday, 20 March 2014 23:30 | By Agence France-Presse

Red Bull lodge Ricciardo disqualification appeal

Red Bull on Thursday officially lodged their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from second place in Sunday's Australian Grand Prix, motorsport's governing body the FIA confirmed.


Red Bull lodge Ricciardo disqualification appeal

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo smiles during a press conference after qualifying second for the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne on March 15, 2014 - by WILLIAM WEST

The Formula One champions' protest arrived at FIA's Paris headquarters shortly before the 96 hour deadline of 1300GMT.

Red Bull had made it plain ever since Ricciardo lost his his runner-up spot to Nico Rosberg in the Melbourne stewards room on a technical infringement that they would challenge the ruling.

Ricciardo's fate now lies in the hands of the FIA's appeals board which will sit in the next few weeks.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has absolved Ricciardo of any blame in the bungle.

After a marathon hearing, stewards in Melbourne said the 24-year-old's car was not in compliance with F1 regulations after he exceeded the maximum fuel flow, or rate of fuel consumption, of 100kg/h.

It made Ricciardo the first casualty of new limits on fuel load and fuel flow introduced this year.

"It is no fault of Daniel. I don't believe it is the fault of the team," Horner told Australian media.

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