Published 11/09/2023 18:00
Haas’ request to review the results of the United States GP, held in Austin on October 22, was rejected by the Formula 1 stewards this Thursday. According to the assessment, no “significant and relevant” elements were found to justify the team’s request, which accused Thai Alex Albon, from Williams, of having committed infractions related to the track limits.
Ninth place in the race at the Circuit of the Americas, Albon was reported to the stewards during the race, under suspicion of having left the track without justifiable reason more than once at turn 6, but the evidence presented was not considered sufficient. If the Thai was punished, German Nico Hulkenberg, 11th in the American stage, could enter the top 10 and score points.
The hearing on the review request was initially scheduled for Wednesday, but was postponed until this Thursday. Aston Martin, Williams, Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren also had representatives at the meeting. During the meeting, Haas displayed images of Albon’s car and also the cars of Logan Sargenat, from Williams, Sergio Pérez, from Red Bull, and Lance Stroll, from Aston Martin, accusing them all of “leaving the track on several occasions at the apex of curve 6”.
Another argument presented by the American team was based on statements made by team managers during a meeting before the Mexican GP. They reportedly said that supervision of the track limits at the curve in question was “not ideal”. For the commissioners, Haas provided “no additional evidence during the hearing” and the images presented were neither new nor relevant.
Despite the unfavorable result for Haas, the stewards admitted as “unsatisfactory” what they called “the inability to adequately apply the current standard for track limits for all competitors” and “strongly recommended to all concerned that a solution be found to avoid new recurrences of this widespread situation”.