The Haas F1 Team will face the FIA’s International Court of Appeal on Thursday in an attempt to overturn their Italian Grand Prix disqualification.
Both Haas cars were disqualified in Italy after a post-race protest launched by Renault. The disqualification cost Haas 8 points – as well as the chance to move into fourth place in the Constructors Championship. Since the disqualification, Renault’s lead over Haas in the championship extended to thirty points.
Thursday’s court appearance will be held in Paris. Renault Executive Director Marcin Budkowski told Autosport in September that Renault wished to be heard as an interested party at the hearing, but he was unsure if they would be able to do so.
The outcome of the case is now relatively unimportant, as Renault took full advantage of Mexico’s altitude on Sunday to solidify
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The two rival teams have continued to squabble over the disqualification in the five Grands Prix since Italy. On Thursday at the US Grand Prix, more than a month after the disqualification, Romain Grosjean corrected a reporter who said he’d scored 31 points in the last nine races, quipping, “I got eight stolen in Monza.”
Immediately after the disqualification, Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner accused Renault of breaking a Formula 1 ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that teams don’t protest against each other post-race. Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, Steiner said Renault’s protest was motivated by their desire to finish fourth.
“That gives you a good indication of how tense the battle is,” Steiner said.
Grosjean was disqualified post-race in Italy because the FIA noted a reference plane on the floor of the Haas VF-18 was not in compliance with a newly enforced technical directive. Renault’s Marcin Budkowski told Autosport after the race that Renault was “not happy” racing against an illegal car.
The technical directive was first issued to teams in July, with the Italian Grand Prix acting as the compliance deadline.