Monaco GP: Haas explains the disqualification from classification after a technical violation on the rear wing | F1 News

Haas team principal Ayao Komatsu explained how breakdowns in communication and procedure led to both cars being disqualified from Monaco Grand Prix qualifying.

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen qualified 12th and 15th respectively on the famous street circuit, but were disqualified from the session due to an incompatible rear wing element.

When the upgraded rear wing was opened in the track’s only DRS zone, the clearance was found to be greater than the maximum allowable opening of 85mm.

Komatsu said the team’s designers had not adequately explained to the Haas team on track the differences between the new rear wing and the previous piece.

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“We had a new rear wing for Monaco, which was good,” Komatsu told reporters on Sunday morning in Monaco.

“But the problem is that it was designed in a slightly different way, and then there was a slight miscommunication from the intent of the design to the guys who were doing the legality check at the track.

“The guys who did the legality check on the runway didn’t realize this change in concept, where the limit will be, which is on both ends. In the previous wings, the limit was always around the center, so I “they verified.” in the same way.

“It’s not an excuse. Regardless of any information, you should check the entire span, but they didn’t. They just concentrated more on the center. Then just the last span on both extremities, it was too wide because of that.”

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Komatsu confirmed that Hulkenberg and Magnussen will be allowed to start from the back of the grid, rather than the pit lane, with the FIA ​​approving the changes necessary to bring the cars into compliance with the rules.

The Haas boss, who replaced Guenther Steiner at the end of last season, admitted the failure was “incredibly frustrating”.

“If the designers had made it absolutely clear that the design intentions are slightly different from the wings you’ve been using and you have to check it this way, that would have helped,” Komatsu added.

“But at the same time, even without that information, the legality control guys at the track should have checked the entire surface for legality. So, unfortunately, it’s just a failure in the management sense.”

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“There is no performance gain, absolutely zero, but that’s not the point. The car needs to be legal. So we have to accept this as a failure of the team and then learn from it, make sure we don’t do the same thing.” mistake again. We can not.

“I had a team meeting this morning just to explain that. We just have to accept it as a team, take it seriously. It’s going to be a long afternoon in Monaco, but we only have ourselves to blame, so we have to take responsibility and continue.” forward.

“Of course it’s incredibly frustrating, but there’s nothing we can do right now, so we just have to learn from it and deal with it.”

The American-owned team has defied low pre-season expectations to sit seventh in the constructors’ standings after the first seven rounds of the season, but is highly unlikely to be able to score points from the back of the grid.

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