FIA Haas ruling brings greater scrutiny to police flaw in Formula 1

FIA Haas ruling brings greater scrutiny to police flaw in Formula 1

Haas’ attempt to review the US Grand Prix result may have been rejected by the FIA, but it may achieve something else.

This is because it has increased scrutiny of Formula 1’s track limits system which is not fit for purpose – after the US Grand Prix stewards admitted in their decision to dismiss Haas’ case that the “inability” to enforce track limits and policing to the required standards is “wholly unsatisfactory”.

The material evidence presented by Haas in its failed petition for review amounted to cars from Alex Albon (and those of Williams), his teammate Logan Sargeant, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, who allegedly committed crimes on… Raceway – Limits violations when sweeping Turn 6 in Austin.

In dismissing the Haas case, the stewards considered that none of this amounted to relevant new material that was not available to the team at the time, and – with the exception of Albon’s riders and those who were following his FW45 – none of it was of any significance either. .

But they acknowledged that they had seen evidence of possible violations and, as a result of this “unsatisfactory” state of border control capacity, “strongly recommended to all concerned that a solution should be deployed to prevent a rapid recurrence of this large-scale problem.” “.

Track limits have been a recurring issue at Grand Prix racing in 2023, most notably at the Red Bull Ring in July when 1,200 potential violations had to be reviewed by the race stewardship – the end result being a significant post-race change in the classification, which Aston protested. Martin for the first time before it emerged that the FIA ​​was reviewing the matter anyway.

This recurring problem was acknowledged by the US Grand Prix stewards in the final paragraph of their decision on Haas’ appeal.

“Whether the problem is properly addressed through better technical solutions, course adjustments, a combination thereof, or different standards of organization and implementation, supervisors are leaving it up to those in a better position to make such assessments,” they added.

He added: “Based on the timing of this decision, it is clear that a complete resolution cannot happen this year in practical terms.

“However, given the number of different circuits where major track confinement issues have emerged this season, and recognizing that the FIA ​​and the circuits have already made great strides, additional solutions must be found before the start of the 2024 season.”

This push for further improvement goes beyond the Austin-specific measure the FIA ​​said it would take to ensure the right-hander properly monitors track limits next year.

This included a promise to upgrade the monitoring infrastructure for 2024, after admitting there were potential breaches at Turn 6, “to provide enhanced coverage to ensure any potential breaches can be reliably identified during the race in the future”.

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