Haas loses ap­peal against ex­clu­sion

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Haas has lost its ap­peal against Ro­main Gros­jean’s dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion from the Ital­ian Grand Prix back in Septem­ber.

The Us-owned team went to the FIA’S In­ter­na­tional Court of Ap­peal to ar­gue it was not cor­rect for the team to have lost Gros­jean’s sixth-place fin­ish for run­ning an il­le­gal floor, a de­ci­sion that fol­lowed a protest from Re­nault.

A tech­ni­cal clar­i­fi­ca­tion from the FIA be­fore the sum­mer break had made the de­sign of the floor of the Haas in breach of reg­u­la­tions that de­mand there must be a ra­dius of 50mm at each front cor­ner of the ref­er­ence plane.

Haas ar­gued that, due to the F1 sum­mer shut­down there was not enough time to make mod­i­fi­ca­tions to its de­sign be­fore the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix, so had wanted spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion.

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

Haas team boss Gun­ther 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.”

Re­nault’s chas­sis tech­ni­cal direc­tor Nick Ch­ester said: “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.”

Gros­jean lost his sixth place

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