Romain Grosjean has been stripped of his sixth place finish in the Italian Grand Prix after Renault’s protest against his car was upheld.
Renault protested Grosjean’s Haas and an investigation by the stewards found that the car’s floor was not in compliance with technical regulations.
The stewards explained that the investigation was prompted by a protest from Renault, who provided photographic evidence to suggest that the Haas did not adhere to the rule requiring the front reference plane of the car’s floor be a radius of 50mm to each front corner.
After a clarification was sought by the teams in July, a technical directive was issued with teams given until the Italian Grand Prix to adhere to the new directive. Haas provided the stewards with an email thread in which they claim they informed the technical director they would introduce a new update by the Singapore Grand Prix, partly due to the summer shutdown.
Haas claim that as they did not receive a direct response that they would not be permitted to adhere to the technical directive by the Singapore Grand Prix, it was “their understanding…that their solution and timing were accepted”.
Following Renault’s protest, the stewards did not accept Haas’s circumstances and ruled that “it was therefore the obligation of the competitor to be in compliance, which they did not do”.
The stewards subsequently ruled that Grosjean’s car would be excluded from the final classification.
The decision ensures that Renault remain in fourth position in the constructor’s championship, eight points ahead of Haas instead of equal on points.
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