November 24th 2018
Haas F1 Team Protest Against Force India Dismissed
FIA officials have dismissed the protest by the Haas F1 team that the Force India team is not a constructor, because the design of their car came from the previous team.
A hearing took place over the course of two days at Yas Marina, with representatives of Haas, Force India and governing body the FIA present, with the stewards delivering their verdict via a detailed eight-page document on Saturday morning, ahead of final practice.
The stewards made nine decisions, the last of which was to dismiss the protests lodged by Haas against Force India as they believe the outfit complies with the definition of a constructor and is a valid entry.
Force India is clear to race. Haas have the right to appeal.
The stewards added that Force India’s procurement of listed parts—components which must be designed by the team themselves or outsourced—from the original Force India team, that went into administration, was allowed under the rules.
“The former team was no longer a competitor in the 2018 Formula One World Championship as it had as of August 16, forfeited all its rights and ability to field two cars at any further Grand Prix in 2018,” said the statement.
“The Force India Formula One Team ceased to meet the FIA definition of both a Competitor and a Constructor on 16 August 2018 when all of its assets were sold. At that point it no longer possessed the resources to meet its obligations as either a competitor or constructor.”
However, decision four confirms Force India is “indeed a new team." The stewards add “it is a separate and different legal entity” to the previous team “and holds a different ASN Competition License issued by the MSA of Great Britain and a different FIA Super License. Therefore, it cannot be considered as the ‘same team’ as the former Force India".
Haas is said to be unhappy that the new Force India team is allowed to receive a portion of prize money that is given to teams that finish in the top 10 for two out of three seasons. The American team had to wait until they met that criteria before being eligible for the prize money. They feel Force India, as a new team, should have to do the same.