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Daniel Ricciardo desperate for a rightful place on podium

By Ian Parkes

Daniel Ricciardo is determined to prove his Australian Grand Prix podium was no flash in the pan – even if he was later disqualified.

Ricciardo's cool, calm, measured performance over his debut weekend for Red Bull, after being promoted from Toro Rosso to replace Mark Webber, even impressed team principal Christian Horner.

But the 24-year-old's delight at finishing runner-up to Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes was crushed more than five hours after the race had finished when he was excluded from the classification due to a fuel-flow issue with his car.

The team have appealed against the disqualification, with the hearing due to be heard on April 14.

Ricciardo would now love nothing more than to legitimately finish in the top three in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

"I've proven I can race at the front and now it's about trying to continue to do that," said Ricciardo. I definitely don't want to be a one-hit wonder.

"Whether we get the points back or not, there are still a lot of races to go, and hopefully the points will accumulate towards a good position by the end of the season.

"There is still a lot going on for me, so I'll try and get as many points as I can this weekend and hopefully keep them."

Red Bull go before the FIA's Court of Appeal accused of "consistently exceeding" a fuel-flow rate of 100 kilograms per hour.

Horner claims the FIA-approved sensor was faulty, forcing the team to measure fuel flow by their own means.

Ricciardo claims he was unaware of what was unfolding behind the scenes, adding: "I did the race the best I could.

"All the controversy after was not my fight to be involved in. That was for the team.

"I was proud of what I did, and the rest was out of my control."

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