Renault has launched an official protest against the legality of the Haas car entered at the Italian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean finished sixth in the race at Monza, with Carlos Sainz in ninth for Renault as Haas moved level on points with the French constructor in fourth in the constructors’ championship. Haas is currently ranked ahead on countback, having scored a fourth-place finish in Austria, but that could come under threat due to the protest from Renault.
“It’s concerning a small detail on the floor, on the leading edge of the floor,” FIA race director Charlie Whiting said. “It’s a geometrical thing.”
The protest will be heard by the stewards in Monza with a decision on the legality of the car required before the race result can be made official.
“We confirm that Renault Sport Formula One Team has submitted a request to the stewards of the event for clarification on the legality of the Haas F1 Team VF-18,” a Renault spokesperson said. “We have no further comment on this matter until the stewards have arrived at a decision.”
While team principal Guenther Steiner admits the Renault stance “has taken us by surprise,” Haas sources told RACER they are unconcerned about the protest, and expect to have the car passed as legal after the hearing.