Haas protest Perez and Alonso’s cars following United States Grand Prix
Haas have made the decision to protest the cars of Alpine driver Fernando Alonso and Red Bull racer Sergio Perez in the wake of the United States Grand Prix.
A positive race for the American team on home soil saw Kevin Magnussen claim P9, for Haas’s first points since the Austrian Grand Prix – on the weekend where the team confirmed new title sponsor MoneyGram for 2023.
But after the race, Haas lodged a pair of protests against Perez and Alonso’s cars, which the FIA stewards later deemed admissible. It’s believed the protests relate to damage incurred on the Alpine and Red Bull machines – the former from contact with Lance Stroll, the latter from a touch with Valtteri Bottas – neither of which were warned with a black-and-orange flag.
Haas have previously spoken publicly at their annoyance of Kevin Magnussen having received three such black-and-orange flags – which require the driver to pit as soon as possible if they’ve suffered a mechanical issue that’s deemed to be unsafe – in 2022, the most recent coming at the Singapore Grand Prix.
“Twelve years apparently there were no black-and-orange flags,” said Haas Team Principal Guenther Steiner in Singapore. “I don't know where they found this rule again and now are happy to apply it, and especially to us.”