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Haas F1 Team

Steiner: F1 the winner after stewards throw out Haas protest

The team filed a Right of Review into the US Grand Prix after track limits were not monitored at Turn 6 - but the stewards did not feel it met the threshold for further sanction.

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Haas's Right of Review appeal into the United States Grand Prix was a "win" for Formula 1, believes boss Guenther Steiner.

The team opted to pursue a review of the results of the Austin race within the two-week window allowed for by the FIA after it felt track limits were not adequately monitored at Turn 6, with Nico Hulkenberg finishing 11th - and within five seconds of ninth-placed Alex Albon.

After the stewards reconvened, it was decided that the evidence Haas presented did not meet the "significant, relevant and new" threshold demanded by the International Sporting Code for the stewards to re-open the case, with the original results standing.

Prior to the case, the FIA was already beginning to tighten up the RoR, with a €6,000 fee due and a reduction to 96 hours for a RoR to be lodged instead of the two weeks currently permitted.

Despite losing the case, Steiner believes F1 as a whole will be better - as the stewards made recommendations for improving the monitoring of track limits in their verdict.

Steiner: 'We are not the governing body'

"We were conscious that maybe it would be difficult to make it stick, but at least we tried," Steiner explained to media including RacingNews365.

"What came out is that the stewards actually said is that the FIA is doing a bad job. We didn't get anything out of it, but you have to try, in life you have to try.

"What the [stewards] said is that what [the FIA] should have done is make sure that a CCTV camera was at Turn 6 - that is the number one [most important thing].

"They should make sure they've got the means in place to check their own regulations, not me sitting at home or Aston Martin checking what they are doing. That is not the team's job.

"In half an hour, we didn't have enough time [to lodge a protest], because that is not our job.

"We are not the governing body, we pay somebody to do this job.

"[The protest] was worth it for the whole of Formula 1, not only for us, because everybody agreed, but no-one did anything about it.

"It is about helping Formula 1 to develop the rules, but as long as we move forward and get better in the future, that is already a win."

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