Could Checo lose 10 points for exceeding track limits at the US Grand Prix?

What you need to know:

According to Haas, Chico Perez crossed the track limits 22 times during the United States Grand Prix.

The battle for second place in the 2023 Formula 1 season could take an unexpected turn. Haas asked International Automobile Federation To review the United States Grand Prix classification that many drivers would have had to receive Penalties for exceeding track limitsbetween them, Czech Perez.

And this is it Haas He doesn’t want to stay last in the Constructors’ Championship, for this reason Try to get at least six points back They moved him up to penultimate place above Williams. The bad news is that it could take Guadalajara between its legs.

Chico Perez during the Qatar Grand Prix / Photo: MexSport

What does Haas demand from the FIA?

At Haas, they are convinced that if the FIA ​​had imposed penalties on all drivers who left the track boundaries during Qualley in Austin, their place on the starting grid and even in the race would have been different, because while Nico Hulkenberg did not reach Q3, Chico Perez led everything and The limits were exceeded 22 times, according to the American team.

pilot a team Number of penalties
Czech Perez Red Bull 22 penalties
Lance outing Aston Martin 16 penalties
Logan Sargent Williams 3 penalties

According to the evidence presented by Haas, All of the exits that were not penalized occurred at Turn 6, where the FIA ​​indicated that it did not have sufficient infrastructure to monitor the track.Many pilots even declared that this curve was not among the “observed” curves.

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In fact, in one of the investigations against Alex Albon in the aforementioned curve, the FIA ​​decided that he was not subject to punishment due to lack of evidence; “While there may be some indications of potential track limit violations at Turn 6, lThe available evidence is insufficient to accurately and consistently conclude that violations occurred. Therefore, we will not take any further action.”

Chico Perez during the US Grand Prix / Photo by Getty Images

You may be wondering how the FIA ​​does not have any evidence, as is the case with Haas? because The team was tasked with watching each of the eighteen competing drivers’ cameras. In order to find sufficient evidence to require that those who do not receive a penalty in time receive a penalty, such as disqualification.

Could Chico be ruled out of Austin?

The only punishment Haas is seeking is the disqualification of the pilots involved, because in this case Nico Hulkenberg could rise to seventh place, while, Chico will drop from fourth to tenth, a penalty that will see him lose 10 points in the Drivers’ ChampionshipHowever, the FIA ​​could wash its hands of it and leave it all to a fine or reprimand.

That is, as long as the review is in effect, the evidence can be rejected. Everything will be decided on Wednesday, November 8ththe date on which Williams, Red Bull and Aston Martin will hold a meeting with the FIA ​​hosts.

Photo: Getty

Commissioners received a request for review In accordance with Article 14 of the FIA ​​International Sporting Regulations, Submitted by Haas November 3 with pRegarding the decisions of the stewards at the United States Grand Prix and alleged irregularities In Appendix L, Chapter Four, Article 2C”

Official statement from FIA

for now, Chico remains in second place in the Drivers’ Championship with 258 points32 points behind Lewis Hamilton, and with two races remaining, almost had second place in the bag.

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