MELBOURNE, Australia - 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 Ones 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. Shortly after the end of the race, FIA Formula One technical delegate Jo Bauer said Ricciardos car had "exceeded consistently the maximum allowed fuel flow" and referred the matter to stewards. More than three and a half hours later, after Ricciardo had left the track, the stewards disqualified the Australian saying Red Bull had not only breached technical regulations by exceeding the allowed fuel flow, but also had disregarded instructions before the race to change the fuel flow sensor and during the race to reduce the flow. The operation of the fuel-flow sensors had been a source of dispute between the teams and the FIA coming into the first race. After the findings, Red Bull said "Inconsistencies with the FIA fuel flow meter have been prevalent all weekend up and down the pit lane. The team and (engine-maker) Renault are confident the fuel supplied to the engine is in full compliance with the regulations." Horner further proclaimed the teams innocence to reporters saying; "It is no fault of Daniel. I dont believe it is the fault of the team." "I am extremely disappointed, quite surprised ... hopefully through the appeal process it will be quite clear that the car has conformed at all times to the regulations," he added. "We would not be appealing unless we were extremely confident that we have a defendable case." The Albert Park crowd earlier offered Ricciardo a thunderous applause as the stood on the podium in his first race with Red Bull. "Its a bit overwhelming for now, but just an unbelievable day," the 24-year-old said shortly after. Australia staged its first Grand Prix of the F1 era in Adelaide in 1985, with the 1986 edition marking the final race of Australian world championship winner Alan Jones. Mark Webbers first F1 race was the 2002 Australian GP, and since then Australian fans have waited impatiently for a top-three finish at Albert Park. Red Bull, last years constructors champions and a dominant force in F1 for the past four years, had a difficult time in preseason testing and little was expected from its first race of the season. Matthew Stafford Jersey
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"Whenever that phone rings, and sometimes it does at two in the morning, youve got to respond and youve got to have your A-game otherwise youre liable to make a mistake, and when you make a mistake in this position, it gets magnified," Bettman said at a meeting for The Canadian Club of Toronto. "And it doesnt matter if youre right 99 out of 100 times, which is a pretty good batting record, its that one that youll have to live with and deal with." Arrested for punching his then-fiancee and now wife earlier this year, Rice was originally suspended for two games, but after a video surfaced on Sept. 8 showing the violent attack, he was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely. Peterson has been indicted on child-abuse charges and deactivated by the Minnesota Vikings but has not been suspended. At a news conference last week, Goodell took responsibility for the leagues failings in investigating Rice, saying he "didnt get it right." During several interviews Monday, Bettman didnt reference Rice or Peterson. Instead, he spoke in general terms about how professional sports leagues can handle those kinds of situations. "You do the best you can, and thats something in areas that are important weve tried to be proactive," Bettman said. "It doesnt mean that things are going to happen in any league, in any business, in any situation that you cant control, but we try to address issues head-on and we try to do the right thing on a consistent basis." Bettman said the NHLs security department and behavioural health counsellors have talked to players about the topic of domestic violence for more than a decade. "Based on our experience to date, we believe that the appropriate procedures are in effect that we can do what we need to do on a case-by-case basis," he said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "I am extraordinarily proud of our players and how they conduct themselves. If and when something needs to be addressed in terms of discipline, it will be. But more importantly we try too focus, with the Players Association, on educating and counselling.dddddddddddd" The collective bargaining agreement includes procedures on how to handle off-ice incidents and gives the NHL power to suspend a player amid a criminal investigation if failing to do so would "create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league." After the NFL instituted a new policy that made a first domestic-violence offence a six-game suspension, Bettman said the NHL would continue to handle incidents on a case-by-case basis because it has not been an issue that requires setting a standard punishment. In October 2013, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was charged with felony kidnapping and assault for attacking his girlfriend. Varlamov was not suspended, and the charges were dropped in December when prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence to convict him. Bettman was not specifically asked about Varlamovs arrest in light of the NFLs handling of domestic violence. He said sports leagues have an obligation to try to do the right things. "I dont think anybody whos in the league, be it as an owner, an executive or a player, has any illusions as to whats expected of them," Bettman said. "Our code of conduct is we expect you to do the right thing, and if you dont, we hold you accountable." In a question-and-answer session with new "Hockey Night In Canada" host George Stroumboulopoulos and those attending the Canadian Club luncheon, Bettman also addressed expansion and other topics related to on-ice action. Bettman reiterated that the NHL has no current plans to undergo a formal expansion process beyond the 30 teams that have existed since 2000. "Im not suggesting that at some point in the future we might not look at, but were not ready to do it now," he said. "And I dont want to build up anybodys expectations because thats not unfair to people in a community that want to have a franchise." One recent report said the NHL would expand by four teams, one each in Quebec City, Las Vegas and Seattle and a second franchise in Toronto, by 2017. Asked by Stroumboulopoulos about his philosophical opinion on having two teams in one market, Bettman explained in hypothetical terms that there are pitfalls, especially in Toronto. "If we decided that we were putting a second team in Ontario, and the year the team was supposed to start, the Leafs won the Cup, that second team wouldnt exist," Bettman said. "When you have historically established teams with great histories and traditions, the second team — even if the first team isnt having tremendous success at the time — the second team will never quite get the premier coverage." ' ' '