Elation turned to desolation for Daniel Ricciardo at the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday after the Red Bull driver was stripped of his first podium finish due to a technical breach at Formula One’s season opener.Australian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1
Formula 1′s season-opening race ended in rancor and controversy Sunday as initial second-place finisher Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull disqualified for a breach of fuel regulations, five hours after Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took the checkered flag.
Ricciardo’s exclusion from the results tarnished what had been a day of celebration for local fans, who were jubilant that the Red Bull driver had apparently become the first Australian to finish on the podium at his home race.Australian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Formula 1, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel
Given the potential challenges of fuel consumption, tire durability and of course reliability, a team boss could be forgiven for imposing orders, especially when his cars have such a big advantage over the rest. Why waste a guaranteed one-two when the cars are still potentially fragile by risking retirement?Australian GP, Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Nico Rosberg
Rosberg was 1.4 seconds quicker than the next fastest driver, Jenson Button of McLaren, around the Albert Park street circuit.Australian GP, Daniel Ricciardo, Fernando Alonso, Formula 1, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg
Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez will both take five-place grid penalties in Australia after being forced to change their gearboxes.
All teams put their race gearboxes in for today, and both drivers suffered problems almost immediately having recorded only two laps apiece. Their teams have confirmed that they will need a change.
Under the 2014 rules, gearboxes are supposed to complete six consecutive Saturday/Sundays. Gearbox use remains free on Fridays.Australian GP, Esteban Gutierrez, Formula 1, Valtteri Bottas