Haas’ attempt to change the outcome of the US Grand Prix was flatly rejected

Haas’ attempt to change the outcome of the US Grand Prix was flatly rejected

Haas’ petition for a right of review into the result of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix has been flatly rejected.

The team requested a review of last month’s race because it believes several cars wrongly got away with persistent track limit violations during the Grand Prix.

That hearing was scheduled to take place in its entirety on Wednesday, but was postponed after the first part was completed so it could be independently reviewed.

The US Grand Prix meeting stewards have now firmly rejected the appeal as the evidence submitted by Haas was judged to fall short of the required standards.

At the time of the race, stewards admitted there was insufficient evidence to conclusively prove that such track-bound violations had occurred – specifically at Turn 6 from the right-hand side.

Haas claimed to have uncovered the necessary evidence that was “important, relevant, new and unavailable” at the time, to the extent that the cars of Alex Albon, Logan Sargeant, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll “left the track”, according to the Daily Mail. British. The FIA, as well as Albon’s cars are on board to support this.

Only if Albon was on board and the cars following him did the FIA ​​consider the footage significant.

The other three panels did not meet this standard, and all four were deemed not to meet the criteria for being “new” or “relevant,” and the stewards also determined that the footage was available to Haas at the time.

Thus, the supervisors concluded that the right to seek review “is denied because there is no significant and relevant new element that was not available to Haas at the time the decision was made.”

It also included in its written report that during a team managers’ meeting prior to the Mexican Grand Prix – the race between the US Grand Prix and the Brazilian Grand Prix where the petition was filed – that FIA F1 race director Niels Wittich and single-seater sporting director Nicholas Tombazis “allegedly made several statements… “Remarks” indicate that track boundary supervision at Turn 6 was not ideal.


The supervisors’ decision said this did not constitute “significant evidence.”

But at the end of their ruling they admitted that the wider “inability” to enforce and track surveillance limits to a sufficient level was “wholly unsatisfactory” and recommended changes.

The FIA ​​pledged in the week following Austin to ensure corners are more strictly policed ​​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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