The Haas F1 Team’s appeal against the disqualification of Romain Grosjean from the Italian Grand Prix in September has failed, with judges upholding the initial decision to disqualify.
After finishing P6 at Monza in early September, Romain Grosjean’s Haas was found to be in contravention of the regulations, namely that of the radius of 50 mm (+/-2 mm) which must apply to each front corner of the reference plane. This was not the case on Grosjean’s car and, following a protest from the Renault team, the FIA Technical Delegate examined the car and found it to be in breach, leading to the stewards disqualifying Grosjean.
Haas immediately appealed, with a hearing set at the FIA headquarters in Paris on Thursday, November 1st. The decision was announced on Friday: Grosjean and Haas remain disqualified from the Monza results.
The five FIA judges are yet to formally release the grounds upon which they have decided to uphold the exclusion but clarified that they have agreed with the race stewards at Monza.
Haas’ team boss Guenther Steiner said the team are “obviously disappointed to have lost our appeal. 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.”
Renault say they are satisfied with the outcome, with Nick Chester saying: “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.”
The ruling means that Haas are 30 points behind Renault as they fight over P4 in the Constructor’s Championship, with a maximum of 86 points left to score over the two remaining races.