What we know about Haas’ surprisingly late protest

What we know about Haas’ surprisingly late protest

Haas has applied for a right of review over the failure of track limits rules implemented at the US Grand Prix two weeks ago, the team has confirmed to The Race.

The team has not revealed the exact basis of the petition, but it likely relates to a failure to penalize drivers for cutting the inside of the track in the right-hand turn at Turn 6 where multiple cars were outside the track boundaries.


Williams driver Alex Albon was given a five-second penalty for a track limits violation during the race, but further potential violations at Turn 6 specifically were investigated but dismissed on the basis that stewards did not have the evidence needed to confirm the violation.

The stewards’ ruling said: “Based on the available video footage (which did not include CCTV), the stewards decide that while there may be some indications of possible track boundary violations at Turn 6, the available evidence is not sufficiently rigorous and we consistently conclude that any violations may have occurred.” “This has occurred and we are taking no further action.”

The right of review under international sporting law allows teams to request a review provided it is launched within 14 days of the competition to which it refers. So, this window is still open for Austin. The petition will be heard by the original American Grand Prix stewards, who are expected to consider it in the week following this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

This process means that the hosts will consider the validity of the petition for review. This requires teams to provide “important and relevant” evidence that was not available to moderators at the time. If such evidence is accepted, a review will be scheduled to reconsider potential violations. If not, the petition will be denied and there will be no review.

Haas will not comment on the evidence he will present, but this process requires that it be something new. To say that the flight attendants should have interpreted the evidence they had (i.e. the on-board cameras) differently would not do the trick. Nor will the stewards accept that the track boundaries inside Turn 6 cannot be monitored due to there not being an outside camera in the correct position to show whether the rear tires are above the line or not.

Instead, Haas will have to produce some extra shots. There is precedent for this from the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton was awarded a penalty when 360-degree camera footage from his car emerged proving he had not reacted to the yellow flag correctly. However, in this case, it needs to be much more than just an extra set of on-board footage.

There are two possible reasons why Haas did this. Firstly, it is a penalty in the hope of applying penalties that would lift Nico Hulkenberg from 11th in the points. Second, a point needs to be made about the application of path limits.

However, for either to be successful, it will need to be accepted for review and this is entirely evidence-based. No argument will succeed, no matter how strong – additional evidence not available to moderators must matter. Not everything is important, as such requests have been rejected in the past despite the introduction of new evidence because they were not considered significant.

The Haas team may have an ace up its sleeve, but it’s hard to imagine what would have been discovered that would have given stewards the additional visual information needed to validate track limit breaches. But one could, for example, cite Lando Norris’ admission in his media session on Thursday before the Mexican Grand Prix that he exceeded track limits because they were not enforced.

“I did that too, to be honest,” Norris said of exceeding the track limits at Turn 6. “I knew it was a corner (where) they couldn’t penalize me because they set the precedent in the previous tracks of ‘If I Could.'” “If you don’t see it visually, you’ll get away with it.” Punishment.’ You have to know the gray areas and the things you can get away with, and that was one of them. So, to whoever did it, fair play.”

It is possible that this comment could be seen as an admission and thus be enough to open the door to review, although Norris is right that the precedent has been set and like many drivers knows he can safely exceed the track limits there. So even this may not be enough.

However, if Haas can provide the evidence required to initiate the review, this could have a significant impact on the results. Norris admitted his action, Albon was not penalized due to the lack of outside cameras clearly showing the inside of Turn 6, while Perez was clearly a repeat offender based on on-board footage. Therefore, there is a high possibility of modifying the results.

The FIA ​​has already said that changes will be made in Austin ahead of next year’s race to ensure stewards are able to enforce track limit rules at these corners.

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