Haas announced last month that it would not appeal its protest against Force India after devoting the new entry wasn’t just a constructor since it used a design by an alternative thing. 

The American ensemble had claimed it was seeking”clarity” also it was the next time in 2018 that it had been included in a protest, afterwards Romain Grosjean was disqualified by the Italian Grand Prix to a prohibited floor layout.

Haas was also subject to forecasts for FIA checks and its partnership with Ferrari has been questioned since its arrival in F1 for its’16 season.

When asked by Motorsport.com concerning the source of Haas anxiety, Szafnauer said:”Well, I think once you design, make and build your own cars, and there’s 1 team that isn’t carrying it out, and so is getting a lot of tech from a top team, you will definately find that friction.

“I believe that’s what it’s really about. It isn’t about the validity. That’s the root cause of this friction.

“It is only a bit curious that only two teams needed a front-floor that wasn’t in compliance with the regulation after the FIA pointed it out, it was Haas and Ferrari [referencing Grosjean disqualification in Monza].

“It is kind of like having two snowflakes that are the same.

“It is tough for two totally independent designers to design a interlocking bit together with the exact same radius that isn’t compliant. It’s those kinds of things.”

Force India had asked for opinions on the situation, together with Szafnauer adding:”We had lots of things happen this past year together with all our team that required our attention away from that kind of stuff. We’ll find out where it goes in the future.

“the FIA and FOM will work on clarifying those things simply to make sure teams do remain constructors and are separate from one another with regard to what the guidelines dictate what should be independent of each other.

“Therefore as an instance, all aerodynamic surfaces needed to be made and designed by means of a constructor. You can’t share. Whatever the air touches. That’s a Good Deal of the car.”

Szafnauer told Motorsport.com that the Haas protest was both”good and bad”.

We would rather never have the protest as it consistently causes doubt, like the Germans say, once you are on high seas or in front of a judge you are in God’s hands,” he said.

“So even though we’re 100 percent sure we were nice as a constructor it’s never good.

“The good thing is that they did thing that the process, everybody put their cards to the desk and also the stewards said’yep, you are a constructor’.

“The irony is we designed a lot more parts than they did.”


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