Daniel Ricciardo: Red Bull appeal against disqualification

Red Bull will have their appeal against Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification from the Australian Grand Prix heard in Paris on 14 April.

The Australian, 24, was excluded because his car was using more fuel than allowed and his team refused to reduce the flow when informed.

Ricciardo - from karting to F1

Daniel Ricciardo

Born in Perth, Australia, on 1 July 1989, but now lives in Monaco.

From the age of nine to 16 he raced in karting in state and national championships.

He then rose through the ranks, winning the British Formula 3 Championship title in 2009.

Signed by Toro Rosso in 2010 as reserve driver, he then drove in 11 races in 2011 for HRT.

In 2012 he was named full Toro Rosso driver.

His highest finish before Sunday's race in Australia was 7th in China and Italy.

Red Bull say the fuel-flow meters provided by the sport's governing body, the FIA, had shown "inconsistencies" and that they and engine supplier Renault believe they were in "full compliance".

Formula 1 engines must have a fuel-flow rate of no more than 100kg/h at full throttle.

It is the first year of a new engine formula, which has seen the introduction of 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrids with a limited fuel allowance.

The fuel-flow rate in the engine is measured by a sensor provided by an external supplier. Teams also measure their engines' fuel-flow at the injectors.

Any irregularities of readings are analysed by the FIA and, if necessary, teams are given a correction to apply.

Teams are obliged to follow the FIA's guidelines and to use the data from the official sensor to interpret their fuel-flow.

Stewards said Red Bull had been given the "opportunity to be within compliance" during the race, which ended with Ricciardo crossing the line in second behind Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, but chose not to.

Red Bull said it refused because "inconsistencies with the FIA fuel-flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane".

Teams were warned that rule violations would lead to disqualifications.

Meanwhile Ricciardo says his disqualification will never detract from the sensation of standing on the podium for the first time in front of his own fans.

"I did a good job in the car and I got to stand on the Australian Grand Prix podium, and no-one's taking away the sensation of doing that," Ricciardo told the Red Bull website. 

"What happens next is outside of my ability to control, but honestly, I'd rather it went down like this than have retired from the race with a mechanical problem.

"I'll take a podium and a subsequent disqualification over that any day of the week."