Daniel Ricciardo pushing ahead after Australia DQ

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No matter the outcome of Red Bull’s expected appeal of the FIA’s decision to disqualify him from the Australian Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo is going to keep his head up.

The ever-smiling Australian brought his countrymen to their feet Saturday night in Melbourne with an apparent runner-up performance.

But a few hours after savoring the applause on the podium at Albert Park, the FIA ruled that Ricciardo’s No. 3 Red Bull-Renault had exceeded the fuel flow limit during the race and stripped him of his result.

Still, Ricciardo told The West Australian newspaper that his strong effort will spur him on for the rest of the 2014 Formula One World Championship.

“Disqualification is frustrating, but it doesn’t take away the moment up there on the podium,” said Ricciardo, who added that he “would have rather taken the DQ than had a poor race – full stop.”

“It’s hard for me to be that happy right now but at the same time, looking at the big picture, I am happy with what I did. I think that’ll go a long way for the rest of the season.”

His boss, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, has declared that Red Bull did nothing wrong and that other teams have had problems with the FIA-issued fuel flow sensor at the center of the controversy.

Red Bull swapped the FIA sensor for one of its own after Friday practice, but after their sensor failed in qualifying, they were told to switch back to the FIA sensor and the team put an offset on it.

However, Horner says that during the race, a discrepancy still emerged between the sensor’s reading and what the fuel flow was being stated as.

The FIA’s official steward report says that Red Bull was given an opportunity to reduce the fuel flow “such that it was within the limit, as measured by the homologated sensor” during the race.

The appeal may not be heard for some time, but Ricciardo has noted his team’s confidence.

“Otherwise they wouldn’t [challenge the FIA’s decision],” he said to the paper. “It’s a lot of time for them and some money as well so they have confidence that we can turn it around, but it’s going to take a while until we know.

“They feel that it’s not black or white, it’s a little bit shaded, so that’s why they’re going to fight it and we’ll see how they go. Nonetheless, they gave me a lot of encouragement about my results.”

Formula 1: Ricciardo nurses power unit trouble to win in Monaco

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo had dominated the Monaco Grand Prix weekend heading into Sunday, topping every practice session and laying down a lap-record 1:10.810 to secure the pole.

The race itself was also going according to plan for Ricciardo, as he got the jump off Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel on the start to lead into Sainte Devote.

However, on Lap 28, after the leaders all made their lone pit stops of the race, Ricciardo’s day nearly came unglued when he reported a loss of power on his RB14.

With the Red Bull team monitoring the issue, Vettel was able to close back in on Ricciardo and began stalking him for the lead.

However, Ricciardo brilliantly utilized a combination of late-braking and sustained cornering speed to keep Vettel at bay and secure his first victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

The victory, Ricciardo’s second of the 2018 Formula 1 season, serves as sweet redemption after a pit stop error cost him a possible victory in 2016, when he settled for second behind Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel, meanwhile, saw his challenge hampered after a Lap 72 Virtual Safety Car for a crash between Sauber’s Charles Leclerc and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley – Leclerc suffered brake failure on the run up to the Nouvelle Chicane, and collected Hartley in the process.

When the VSC ended, Vettel could not get his Pirellis back up to temperature, and Ricciardo pulled away in the final laps.

While Vettel ended up second, Hamilton rounded out the podium in third, despite struggling with a graining issue on his Pirelli ultrasofts in the second half of the race. Hamilton held off Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who also fended off Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas for fourth – the trio finished up third (Hamilton), fourth (Raikkonen), and fifth (Bottas).

Esteban Ocon was sixth for Force India, with Pierre Gasly coming home a strong seventh for Toro Rosso. Nico Hulkenberg ended up eighth for Renault, while Max Verstappen came home ninth after starting last – Verstappen ran long on his first stint before switching to hypersofts on Lap 48. He ran the hypers all the way to the end to finish ninth.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was the final points finisher, coming home tenth for Renault.

Results are below.

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