Haas F1 has lost its appeal against Romain Grosjean’s disqualification from the Italian Grand Prix after a hearing in Paris this week.
The legality of Grosjean’s car in Monza was protested by the Renault team, which argued the floor was not in conformity with the technical regulations following a clarification via technical directive in July. Teams were given until the Italian Grand Prix to make changes if required, but Haas argued it was unable to do so before the next race in Singapore.
Grosjean was excluded from sixth place in the race — costing Haas eight points — and the team immediately made clear its intention to appeal. The appeal hearing was heard by the FIA International Court of Appeal at the governing body’s headquarters in Paris on Thursday, with the following judgment handed out on Friday morning:
“The Court, after having heard the parties and examined their submissions, decided:
• To uphold the Decision No. 42 of the Stewards of the 2018 Italian Grand Prix held in Monza counting towards the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship;
• To confirm the exclusion of Haas F1 Team’s car No. 8 from the 2018 Italian Grand Prix held in Monza counting towards the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship;
• To order the competent Sporting Authority to draw, as appropriate, the consequences of this ruling.
“To date, only the operative part of the decision has been notified to the Parties. The full decision including grounds will be notified later on.”
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Haas team principal Guenther Steiner issued a short statement after the decision had been made public, with his team now confirmed as 30 points adrift of Renault in the fight for fourth in the constructors’ championship with two races remaining.
“Obviously we are disappointed not to have won our appeal,” Steiner said. “We simply move forward and look to the final two races of the year to continue to fight on-track, earn more points, and conclude our strongest season to date in Formula 1.”
With Renault having brought the original protest, its technical director Nick Chester added: “Technical regulations — especially those introduced for safety reasons — must be observed strictly. We are satisfied with the decision and I would like to thank the court and the FIA for their work on this matter. The team is now focused on the end of the season.”
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While studying Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire, Chris managed to talk his way into working at the British Grand Prix in 2008 and was retained for three years before joining ESPN F1 as Assistant Editor. After three years at ESPN, a spell as F1 Editor at Crash Media Group was followed by the major task of launching F1i.com’s English-language website and running it as Editor. Present at every race since the start of 2014, he has continued building his freelance portfolio, working with international titles. As well as writing for RACER, he contributes to BBC 5Live and Sky Sports in the UK as well as working with titles in Japan and the Middle East.