Both Haas drivers disqualified in Monaco after using non-compliant part

Both Haas cars, driven by Magnussen and Hulkenberg, will start from the back of the grid in Monaco


Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg have been disqualified from the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix Qualifying classification for using non-compliant rear wings on both cars. 

Hulkenberg initially qualified in 12th place, with Haas teammate Magnussen 15th in Q2. However, post-qualifying inspections revealed that both cars did not comply with the FIA’s technical requirements concerning the rear wing dimensions.

The Technical Delegate’s report stated: “The uppermost rear wing element adjustable positions were checked on car numbers 20 and 27. The LHS and RHS outermost area of the adjustable elements were exceeding the maximum allowed 85mm on both cars. As this is not in compliance with TR Article 3.10.10 h)”

Following that report, a representative from Haas was summoned to the stewards’ office where the team admitted that the non-compliance was due to an inadvertent error in setting the wing flap gap.

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen during 2024 Monaco GP | Haas F1 Team / LAT Images
Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen during 2024 Monaco GP | Haas F1 Team / LAT Images

Stewards’ decision on Haas in Monaco

“The team explained that this was the consequence of an inadvertent error on their part in setting the wing flap gap,” the stewards explained. “The wing used was a new design that was used for the first time in Monaco.

“The old design was set to be compliant with the regulations with the largest gap measured from the centre of the wing. Under the new design, the largest gap was at the extremities of the wing but the team had not trained its mechanics to set the gap per the new design, resulting in the non-compliance.

“The duty to comply strictly with the Technical Regulations rests at all times with the Competitor. The team suggested that there was no performance advantage gained by the non-compliance. Article 1.3.3 of the International Sporting Code makes it clear that this is irrelevant.

“The team was candid in admitting its error. The wing was otherwise compliant with the Technical Regulations and the FIA technical team confirmed that they were satisfied with the team’s explanation for the error.

“Given the admitted breach of the regulations, we disqualified Car 27 – and Car 20 – from the Qualifying classification.”

As a result, Hulkenberg and Magnussen will start from the back of the grid, in 19th and 20th position, respectively.

John Smith
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