Romain Grosjean was disqualified from the 14th race of the 2018 Formula 1 season, the Italian Grand Prix, due to a floor violation.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean has been disqualified from the 14th race of the 21-race 2018 Formula 1 season, the Italian Grand Prix, as a result of the fact that the Formula 1 stewards deemed that the floor of his Ferrari-powered car was not in compliance with the rules after Renault Sport filed a protest over the car’s legality.
Grosjean finished the 53-lap race around the 11-turn, 3.600-mile (5.793-kilometer) Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy in sixth place, which originally earned him eight points and sent him into 12th place in the driver standings with 35 points.
This sixth place finish was Grosjean’s fifth top 10 finish of the season, and it was his fifth top 10 finish in the last six races after he failed to score a single point in any of the first eight races of 2018.
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This sixth place finish was tied for Grosjean’s second highest finish of the season, as he finished in sixth in the German Grand Prix. His best finish of the season so far is his fourth place finish in the Austrian Grand Prix, which was the first race in which he finished in the top 10 all year.
According to Formula 1, “Haas had breached article 3.7.1 d of the Technical Regulations, which focuses on the radius of the leading corners of the floor’s reference plane.”
Here is part of what the stewards had to say about why Grosjean was disqualified, according to Formula 1.
"“While the Stewards are also sympathetic to the difficulties of producing these parts, the Stewards noted that at least one other competitor was able to comply in the time provided. Further, it was made clear to the competitor from the outset that the FIA Technical Department did not consider their car to be in compliance, and further that they left themselves open to the circumstances they now find. It was therefore the obligation of the competitor to be in compliance, which they did not do.”"
Haas, however, plan to appeal Grosjean’s disqualification. Here is what team principal Guenther Steiner had to say about the matter, according to Formula 1.
"“We do not agree with the Stewards’ decision to penalise our race team and we feel strongly that our sixth-place finish in the Italian Grand Prix should stand. We are appealing the Stewards’ decision.”"
Do you believe that Haas will win their appeal and both they and Romain Grojean will be awarded their eight points back, or do you believe that the decision of the Formula 1 stewards will stand?