There is growing discontent in the Formula One paddock over the enforcement of track limits, particularly after a series of controversial decisions at the United States Grand Prix.
During the event, a total of 35 lap times were wiped off the board due to drivers flouting track limits. One corner in particular became a hotbed of infractions, drawing criticism from teams and drivers alike.
At the heart of the frustration is the perceived inconsistency in the application of penalties. Questions are being asked as to why certain drivers seem to escape punishment, while others are penalised for similar transgressions.
Marko dismisses late Haas protest over track limits
In an unexpected move, the Haas F1 Team decided to lodge a formal protest almost two weeks after the race, focusing on alleged track limit violations by Red Bull’s Sergio Perez during the event at the Circuit of the Americas.
Haas claims that Perez, and possibly other drivers, repeatedly crossed the line without being penalised. They are calling on the FIA to re-examine the race footage and impose retrospective penalties that could alter the points distribution from the United States Grand Prix.
Red Bull’s Helmut Marko has addressed Haas’ late protest over the United States Grand Prix, suggesting it is unlikely to have any impact on the race result.
Marko questions timing of protest
Responding to the allegations, Helmut Marko expressed scepticism about the timing and validity of the protest. Speaking to Sky Sports Germany, Marko highlighted procedural timelines that he believes undermine the potential for the protest to be successful.
“As far as I know, there is a certain time limit you have to meet if you want to appeal against the results,” Marko said.
He cast doubt on the new allegations made by Haas, suggesting that the protest may be too little, too late.
Anticipation of FIA decision
The F1 community now awaits the FIA’s decision, which is not expected until after the current Brazilian Grand Prix. The issue has sparked further controversy as the F1 circus prepares for the season opener in Las Vegas and the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Marko’s comments reflect a wider feeling in the paddock that the Haas protest, while highlighting the ongoing debate over track limit enforcement, may ultimately have little impact on the championship standings or the outcome of the United States Grand Prix.
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