The real reason Haas introduced the right of review in the US Grand Prix

The real reason Haas introduced the right of review in the US Grand Prix

Review rights are nothing new in Formula 1 and, if used correctly, could be a tool used by a team to right a wrong if significant “new relevant evidence” comes to light.

This is evidence that was not previously available to the hosts at the time of the original ruling, to ensure that the fake actors get the treatment they deserve.

For example, Red Bull using Alex Albon to recreate Lewis Hamilton’s lines at Copse Corner after the infamous first-lap collision between Hamilton and Max Verstappen at the 2021 British Grand Prix does not count.

The evidence of ‘manufacture’ is a big no-no, even if the team considers it was as gravely wronged as Red Bull did when Hamilton was given a 10-second penalty for inserting a wheel into Verstappen’s car leading to what was ostensibly a first-lap racing accident.

The appeal process is divided into two parts, with the first determining whether the team filing the appeal – in this case Haas – has met the “new evidence” threshold in filing it.

If approved by the stewards, a review will be opened into the incident where track limits at Turn 6 were not penalized in the normal manner. If not, the case will be dismissed and everyone will go home.

Haas’ application to participate in the US Grand Prix is ​​considered interesting, with team principal Peter Crolla identifying a potential opportunity for the team.

Most importantly, if you lose your RoR appeal, nothing will be taken against you. You can’t lose points or positions if nothing changes – but do it right, and there are a few million reasons why this is important.

The real reason behind Haas RoR

In Austin, the top ten were Max Verstappen, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez, George Russell, Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Yuki Tsunoda, Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant, with Lewis Hamilton and Charles Leclerc exiting second and sixth.

More importantly, Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th for Haas, the first driver out of the points position, and finished 3.190 seconds behind Albon in ninth.

If Albon is penalized by five seconds if the review is successful, he will drop to 11th place, dropping Sargent to ninth place and Hulkenberg to 10th place and one point.

The impact on manufacturers is shown in the table below.

Current ranking If Albon is penalized and Haas gets a point

7th – Williams – 28

7th – Williams – 27

VIII – AlphaTauri – 21

VIII – AlphaTauri – 21

9th – Alfa Romeo – 16

9th – Alfa Romeo – 16

10th – Haas – 12

10th – Haas – 13

Has the right of review

If the review is successful, Haas could move closer to Alfa Romeo in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon by one point.

A three-point deficit and a better finishing position on the back count (Hulkenberg has seventh, Valtteri Bottas eighth) is much easier to make up for than a four-point advantage.

If Haas beats Alfa Romeo under this bonus point if the review is successful, the team will earn millions of additional dollars in prize money when the pot is split.

Without risk there is no benefit.

The first part of the review is scheduled for 3pm European time on Wednesday 8 November, and the second part will follow, if permitted, at a later date.

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