Haas loses appeal over Grosjean Italy exclusion

Haas loses appeal over Grosjean Italy exclusion

Haas loses appeal over Grosjean Italy exclusion

On 2 September, the stewards of the Italian Grand Prix held a hearing following a protest lodged by Renault Sport Racing Ltd ("Renault") against Car No. 8 of Haas Formula One Team ("Haas").

The legality of Grosjean's auto 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.

The reference plane underneath the vehicle was seen to be outside of the 2mm tolerance for width and as a result, Grosjean was disqualified from his sixth-place finish and lost 8 points as a result.

The bone of contention, as Renault saw it, was related to the legality of the front edge of the floor on Grosjean's VF-18, which stipulated the need for a 50mm radius.

Haas appealed on the basis that they did not have enough time to modify their auto to the rules suitably, so should be given more time to make the necessary changes.

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It was reported that Renault took pictures of Grosjean's auto on the Monza grid, before submitting them as evidence when they protested post-race.

After a hearing in Paris on Thursday, the FIA has confirmed that the appeal court upheld the original stewards' verdict, and asked the "competent sporting authority to draw, as appropriate, the consequences of this ruling".

"We are satisfied with the decision and I would like to thank the court and the FIA for their work on this matter".

Haas boss Guenther Steiner commented that he was "disappointed" at the outcome but vowed the team will "simply move forward and look to the final two races of the year".

Had the court reversed the stewards' decision, Haas would have gained a total of nine points on Renault in the battle for fourth in the constructors' standings. "The team is now focused on the end of the season".

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