Haas is seeking the FIA’s right to review track limit violations at Austin F1

Haas is seeking the FIA’s right to review track limit violations at Austin F1

After the race in Austin two weeks ago, there were allegations that some drivers exceeded track limits in areas of the track that were not tightly controlled.

On-board footage of several cars distributed among the teams notably showed a number of drivers crossing the white lines on the edge of the track at Turn 6 of the Circuit of the Americas.

These incidents have largely escaped scrutiny by the FIA ​​as they were not reported in the official list of track limit violations throughout the Austin race.

However, the images were enough to prompt several teams to query the FIA ​​during the recent Mexican Grand Prix as to why what appeared to be clear track limit violations were not being considered.

It is understood that the FIA’s reaction was in line with what the stewards said in the wake of the USA Prize.

She admitted that the CCTV cameras and surveillance infrastructure in that corner were not sufficient to properly monitor the border with the required accuracy, so she could not take matters further.

This was already highlighted in Austin when Williams driver Alex Albon escaped without penalty for multiple track limit violations at Turn 6 – beyond the five-second penalty he was handed for other offences.

Alex Albon, Williams FW45

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Alex Albon, Williams FW45

Explaining why Albon was not penalized despite on-board footage suggesting he had crossed the line, the stewards said: “Based on the video footage available (which did not include CCTV), the stewards are deciding, while there may be some indications of a possible route. “. Limit Violations At the sixth turn, the available evidence is insufficient to accurately and consistently conclude that any violations have occurred and to take no further action.”

But the FIA’s argument that monitoring at Turn 6 was not good enough to rule on track-limit infringements has not sat well with the Haas team, which has now formally submitted a request to the governing body to reconsider the matter.

It is understood that, as part of its application, Haas submitted detailed on-board photographs, of both the cars in question and those following it, to highlight multiple alleged breaches of the rules.

The drivers involved are believed to be Sergio Perez, Albon, Logan Sargeant and Lance Stroll.

Any penalties for these drivers could be decisive in a race standings shake-up that would lift Haas driver Nico Hulkenberg to the top of the standings – so it could have a major impact on the Constructors’ Championship battle.

The FIA ​​has acknowledged receipt of the review request and will now reconvene a meeting of the United States Grand Prix Stewards to consider the matter.

It is understood that this meeting will be held next week, where the first decision to be made will be whether or not Haas has presented enough new evidence to meet the requirements of a substantive right to review hearing.

The FIA ​​Statutes are clear that new evidence must be available for any formal review to take place.

Nico Hulkenberg, Haas Formula 1 Team at Park Firm

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Nico Hulkenberg, Haas Formula 1 Team at Park Firm

Article 14.1.1 of the FIA ​​International Sports Code states: “If a significant and relevant new element is discovered in competitions forming part of an FIA Championship, Cup, Cup, Challenge or Series, or of an international series; “The parties seeking the review were not available at the time the decision in question was made, and the stewards who made the ruling, or failing that, those appointed by the FIA, may decide to reconsider their decision after submitting a petition for review.”

While Haas has compiled detailed video evidence of track limit violations, it is unclear whether the FIA ​​will accept this as a “new element”, as race stewards have full access to on-board cameras during grand prix events.

Furthermore, the camera angle from the inside panels alone is not enough to properly judge a lane boundary violation because it does not provide a view of all four wheels in relation to the white lines.

In the wake of what happened in Austin, the FIA ​​has made it clear that it will be keen to pay more attention to tracking limit violations at problematic corners such as Turn 6.

A spokesman for the governing body said: “The FIA ​​will upgrade its monitoring infrastructure to provide enhanced coverage to ensure that any potential violations can be reliably identified during racing in the future.”

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