Formula 1

Haas F1 Team Penalized Following Hungarian GP; Renault Protests Racing Point

By: Ashley McCubbin

The third Grand Prix for the Formula 1 season is in the books, with the amount of protests matching that number. Meanwhile, the American team also got hit with a penalty.

Following the Hungarian Grand Prix, both Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean were penalized 10 seconds due to going against the sporting regulations.

Under the formation lap of the event, the team ordered both of their drivers to pit road for a change in tires, which is against regulations as the crew is now allowed to aid competitors at that time. Specially, article 27.1 of the Formula 1 sporting regulations reads, “The driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”

The stewards’ statement, issued at 2000 local time, read, “Having considered the matter extensively, the Stewards determined that the team instructed the driver to pit. The team could not prove that one of the exemptions made under paragraph A. 2. a) to g) of the Technical Directive 011-17 was applicable. Therefore, the Stewards consider there is breach of Art. 27.1 of the Sporting Regulations, that the driver must drive the car alone and unaided.”

As a result, Magnussen drops down to 10th from ninth, with Grosjean back to 16th from 15th.

Meanwhile, for the second week in a row, Renault has posted the finishes and legality of the Racing Point entries following a fourth from Lance Stroll and sixth for Sergio Perez.

“We confirm that Renault DP World F1 Team has submitted a request to the Stewards of the Event for clarification on the legality of the Racing Point RP20,” Renault released in a statement. “We have no further comment on this matter until the Stewards have arrived at a decision.”

Following the Styrian Grand Prix, Renault filed a protest against Racing Point, concerning the legality of their cars. The document contains four articles in the Sporting Regulation, with Appendix 6 at the forefront.

Paragraph 1, article 2 (a) says: “A competitor shall, in respect of the Listed Parts to be used in its cars in Formula One, only use Listed Parts which are designed by it.” Article 2 (c) adds: “In the case of the Outsourcing of design, such third party shall not be a competitor or a party that directly or indirectly designs Listed Parts for any competitor.”

While deeming the protest admissible and impounding the front and rear ducts from both Stroll’s and Perez’s car for analysis, no decision was released by the sanctioning body.

The protest following the Hungarian Grand Prix marks the third protest of 2020, with the first seeing Red Bull question Mercedes’ Dual Axis Steering System (DAS) and whether they were legal under the regulations following the second practice at the season opener. The officials deemed Mercedes legal, allowing them to keep the system in-place.

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