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Haas Duo Disqualified Sainz Escapes Penalty

Official: Both Haas F1 Drivers Disqualified in Monaco

25/05/2024

Both Haas F1 drivers are disqualified in Monaco. Carlos Sainz avoids penalty for impeding Alex Albon.

The FIA stewards have delivered their decisions following the various investigations after the Monaco Grand Prix qualifying. One investigation concerned the technical non-compliance of both Haas F1 cars, resulting in the disqualification of both drivers.

Nico Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen had qualified 12th and 15th, respectively, but the DRS on both VF-24 cars exceeded the permitted flap opening limits on the rear wings, constituting a technical non-compliance. As with any technical non-compliance, the penalty is a disqualification, especially since the team admitted to an error.

The team explained that the issue was the result of an unintentional error in setting the gap of the wing flaps,” the stewards stated. “The wing used was a new design, used for the first time in Monaco.

“The previous model had been adjusted to comply with regulations, with the largest gap measured from the center of the wing. With the new design, the largest gap is at the wing’s ends, but the team had not trained their mechanics to adjust the gap according to the regulations.”

Sainz Escapes Penalty

Hülkenberg was also under investigation for impeding Esteban Ocon, but it appears issues with the radio communications for both drivers caused a lack of clarity. The race director accepted these explanations.

Carlos Sainz was also investigated for impeding Alex Albon during qualifying. However, the stewards cleared the Ferrari driver, meaning he will not be penalized and retains his third position on the starting grid.

The Spaniard assured that he did everything he could to quickly move off the racing line when the Williams approached, but the timing was too tight to avoid impeding Albon completely in the Swimming Pool section. This explanation convinced the stewards.

The Revised Starting Grid

Pos.DriverTeamQ1Q2Q3Pénalité
01Charles LeclercFerrari SF-241:11.5841:10.8251:10.270
02Oscar PiastriMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:11.5001:10.7561:10.424
03Carlos SainzFerrari SF-241:11.5431:11.0751:10.518
04Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL381:11.7601:10.7321:10.542
05George RussellMercedes W151:11.4921:10.9291:10.543
06Max VerstappenRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:11.7111:10.7451:10.567
07Lewis HamiltonMercedes W151:11.5281:11.0561:10.621
08Yuki TsunodaRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:11.8521:11.1061:10.858
09Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW461:11.6231:11.2161:10.948
10Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault A5241:11.7141:10.8961:11.311
11Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5241:11.8871:11.285
12Daniel RicciardoRB Honda RBPT VCARB 011:11.7851:11.482
13Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:11.7281:11.563
14Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Mercedes AMR241:12.019
15Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes FW461:12.020
16Sergio PérezRed Bull Honda RBPT RB201:12.060
17Valtteri BottasStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:12.512
18Guanyu ZhouStake F1 Kick Sauber C441:13.028
19Nico HülkenbergHaas Ferrari VF-241:11.8761:11.440DSQ
20Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-241:11.8321:11.725DSQ
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