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Ricciardo disqualified at F1 Australian GP

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia, left, and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, listen the questions during a press conference after the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Rosberg won the race and Ricciardo finished second. (AP Photo/Mal Fairclough)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — 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.

Ricciardo initially finished second to Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg to become the first homegrown driver to take to the podium in the 29-year history of the Australian GP.

The celebrations did not last long as F1 stewards said his car breached fuel-flow rules introduced this year which limit cars to 100 kilograms of fuel during the race. World motorsport governing body FIA subsequently disqualified Ricciardo , elevating McLaren drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button to second and third.

Red Bull immediately announced it will appeal the disqualification.

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