Haas appeal to change 2023 United States Grand Prix results rejected

Haas has been denied a request to revise the results of the 2023 United States Grand Prix by Formula 1's governing body.


By Ben Bush
Updated on February 8, 2024

United States Grand Prix Circuit of the Americas

Haas has been denied a request to revise the results of the 2023 United States Grand Prix by Formula 1’s governing body.

The decision was made on the grounds that there was no fresh information of importance available to Haas following the race.

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The stewards, however, criticised the existing policing of track limits, stating it to be “entirely unsatisfactory” and calling for changes.

Haas had argued that cars that finished ahead of them had violated track limits, but their appeal was unsuccessful.

The problem of track limit controversies is prevalent in a number of F1 tracks, including the Red Bull Ring in Austria, Lusail in Qatar, and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin.

In response to Haas’ appeal, a statement was released rejecting it and expressing strong dissatisfaction with the stewards’ inability to enforce the current track limits standard for all competitors.

“The stewards find their inability to properly enforce the current standard for track limits for all competitors completely unsatisfactory and therefore strongly recommend to all concerned that a solution to prevent further reoccurrences of this widespread problem be rapidly deployed.”

It added: “Given the number of different circuits where significant track limit issues arose this season, acknowledging that the FIA in conjunction with the circuits have already made significant strides, further solutions should be found before the start of the 2024 season.”

According to the verdict, track limit violations are enforced in nearly all cases, as supported by evidence from a stationary CCTV camera. However, it was determined by stewards that the camera used for monitoring track limits at Turn Six in Austin failed to meet the required standard.

Haas flagged multiple incidents of track limit breaches at Turn Six during the race involving Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant of Williams, Sergio Perez of Red Bull, and Lance Stroll of Aston Martin. However, none of them received a penalty for their actions.

Typically, repeated violations of track limits warrant a five-second penalty to the driver’s race time. To trigger a right of review, fresh and significant evidence that was previously unavailable must be presented.

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The stewards reviewed the case and found that while Albon’s onboard camera footage was significant, it did not meet the criteria of being new or relevant.

Consequently, all other drivers involved failed to meet any of the thresholds, as per the stewards’ ruling.

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