F1: Haas Monza appeal heard in Paris
By Chris Medland | RACER magazine and RACER.com F1 correspondent
The Haas appeal into its disqualification at the Italian Grand Prix is being heard at the FIA’s headquarters in Paris on Thursday.
Haas was excluded from the results after Renault protested the legality of the team’s floor, based on an earlier FIA technical directive that required certain teams to make changes by Monza. Haas argued it had agreed to a solution with the FIA that would be in place by Singapore, but claims it could not meet the Monza deadline due to supplier constraints during the summer break.
Romain Grosjean originally finished in sixth position in Italy, scoring eight points. After his disqualification, Carlos Sainz moved up from ninth to eighth, scoring Renault a further two points in the fight for fourth place in the constructors’ championship.
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The FIA International Court of Appeal will consider Haas’ appeal on Thursday. Its decision will be made public by the judges on Friday morning.
Since the disqualification in Monza, Haas has slipped 30 points behind Renault in the constructors’ championship, with Kevin Magnussen also disqualified from the top ten in Austin for using too much fuel. The latter exclusion was accepted by the team.
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ABOUT CHRIS MEDLAND
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.