The Haas Formula 1 team has lost its appeal against Romain Grosjean’s disqualification from sixth-place in September’s Italian Grand Prix.
Following a protest of the result was filed by Renault immediately after the race in Monza, the FIA stewards deemed that the floor on Grosjean’s Haas did not conform to the technical regulations.
The reference plane underneath the car was seen to be outside of the 2mm tolerance for width and as a result, Grosjean was disqualified from his sixth-place finish and lost 8 points as a result.
On Thursday, the FIA Court of Appeal upheld the verdict of the stewards, confirming “the exclusion of Haas F1 Team’s car number eight from the 2018 Italian Grand Prix held in Monza counting towards the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.”
Prior to Grosjean’s disqualification, the provisional result in Italy had seen Haas draw level on points with Renault in fourth place.
Had the court reversed the stewards’ decision, Haas would have gained a total of nine points on Renault in the battle for fourth in the constructors’ standings. However, it would still have entered the final two races of 2018 21 points adrift, as Renault has extended its advantage significantly in recent races.
“Obviously we are disappointed not to have won our appeal.” Haas team principal 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.”