Haas F1 Team have lost its appeal to the FIA over Romain Grosjean‘s disqualification from the Italian Grand Prix.
The French driver was disqualified from Monza after the American team was found to have used an illegal floor, which was not complying to the technical regulations.
Grosjean originally finished the race in sixth place, which pushed Haas up to fourth in the constructors’ championship. But after the race, Renault Sport Formula One Team led a protest to the race stewards over the legality of Haas’ VF-18.
The stewards investigated the matter and would later disqualify the Haas car from the race. The American team submitted an appeal over the decision to the FIA Court of Appeal in Paris, which was heard this week and ruled that the decision stands. Grosjean remains disqualified from the Italian Grand Prix and the final classification remains unchanged.
Haas’ team principal Guenther Steiner feels disappointed to not win the case but now focuses on the final two races of the 2018 season.
“Obviously we are disappointed not to have won our appeal,” said Steiner.
“We simply move forward and look to the final two races of the year to continue the fight on-track, earn more points, and conclude our strongest season to-date in Formula One”
Renault’s Chassis Technical Director’s Nick Chester feels satisfied over the decision from the FIA to keep with their decision on the matter and is keen on to move on from the case.
“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.” commented Chester.
Haas currently lie fifth overall in the constructors’ championship, 30 points away from Renault in fourth. The American team have lost crucial points from Italy, as well as Kevin Magnussen‘s disqualification in ninth from the United States Grand Prix for running additional fuel above the 105 kilos allowed for the race.