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Why Daniel Ricciardo’s Australian GP Disqualification Was Another FIA Own Goal

The Australian Grand Prix answered many questions about how the biggest regulation changes in a generation would affect the spectacle of racing for the Formula One fans. There were some positives. Fourteen cars finished the race, far more than many doom-mongers were predicting after a pre-season testing punctuated by breakdowns. There was still overtaking to thrill the crowds and the extra torque provided by the ERS made watching drivers wrestle their twitch steeds through corners particularly entertaining, despite average speeds being down from last season. And Daniel Ricciardo’s second-place finish was an unexpected and popular result given Red Bull’s testing woes, his first podium finish in front of an adoring home crowd prov...

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