Turns Out It Was The Race Director Who Gave Haas The Wrong Deadline Information – WTF1

Turns Out It Was The Race Director Who Gave Haas The Wrong Deadline Information

After getting championship points at their home race and winning their protest against Alpine, we assume Haas left the United States Grand Prix with a big smile on their faces. How quickly things can change, ay.

The team protested the race’s result because they believed that Fernando Alonso should’ve been given a black and orange flag for his wing mirror damage. The FIA agreed that the car was unsafe, and race control despite being told about it twice during the race itself, gave Alonso a 30-second post-race penalty which demoted him from seventh to P15.

Alpine weren’t happy and brought up that Haas had submitted their protest late on the Sunday. The rules clearly state that teams have 30 minutes to protest a result after the chequered flag, but Haas were 24 minutes over that deadline. Naughty, naughty.

As a result, the decision was overturned, and Alonso could keep his seventh-place position.

So, why was Haas’ protest not on time? Well, one of the FIA officials in Race Control told the team they had an hour to protest, which wasn’t correct.

So, who was the individual that gave the team the wrong information? Yep, you guessed it: the Race Director, according to Haas boss Guenther Steiner.

*Michael Masi flashbacks intensify*

Niels Wittich, who as well as Eduardo Freitas, replaced former FIA Race Director Michael Masi at the start of the 2022 F1 season, gave Haas the wrong time deadline, which led to them losing their appeal.

It’s all rather embarrassing, and we hope he’s had a chance to go over the rulebook again, for all our sakes…

What a mistake! 

2 thoughts on “Turns Out It Was The Race Director Who Gave Haas The Wrong Deadline Information

  • This whole new system to replace the previous after the sacking of Masi has been such a farce. And the fact that Mercedes isn’t making a stink over it shows that they only cared to get their pound of flesh and not actually make the improvent they demanded.

  • Vandals Garage says:

    Who could have guessed that replacing one experienced Race Director with TWO rotating Race Directors with less experience, might lead to inconsistencies and human errors? I spent over 30 years working in Air Traffic Control, a field that required an encyclopedic knowledge of the rules and regulations, and the ability to recall and apply the correct rule, in a time-critical and sometimes highly stressful environment. The only way to acquire and maintain the required level of expertise to work the most complex ATC facilities is to be immersed in the work and apply those rules on a daily basis. And understand it is often the bad days that we learn the most from. It’s unfortunate that Michael Masi was used as a scapegoat for the Abu Dhabi finale, as he would have learned a great deal from that experience, and we all would have gained a much better Race Director as a result.

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