Audi's Timo Scheider will lose his points for finishing in sixth position during today's second race at the Red Bull Ring after being excluded from the result by the race stewards.

The Team Phoenix driver was adjudged to have purposely taken Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein out of the race by the race officials when the former double champion made contact with Wickens into turn three.

The resulting contact with Wickens - which sent the Canadian into the rear of Wehrlein - came after an apparent radio message [schieb ihn raus] from Audi, requesting Scheider to hit the Canadian driver off the circuit.

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Wehrlein and Wickens both retired as a consequence of the collision and the incident was immediately flagged up by the race officials.

The outcome of the stewards inquiry was said to have been based on video footage and evidence found from the telemetry data.

However, a second decision from the race officials, surrounding the controversial radio message from Audi Sport and Team Phoenix to Scheider, has been referred to the DMSB court of appeal.

The stewards cited a 'possible unsporting instruction' sent from the pit-wall to Scheider's Audi RS 5.

Audi deny that the radio message was a direct order to Scheider in requesting the German to force Wehrlein and Wickens off the track.

Scheider's exclusion moves Lucas Auer, Maximillian Gotz, Christian Vietoris and Paul di Resta up to sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth.

It also means BMW don't come from race two pointless after all with Team Schnitzer's Antonio Felix da Costa elevated to tenth.

The results of the race will remain provisional until the second case has been heard by the DMSB court of appeal at a later date.