Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Haas’ Kevin Magnussen have both been excluded from the United States Grand Prix’ final classifications after they were both found breaching separate fuel regulations.
Esteban Ocon was penalised for exceeding a fuel flow limit of 100kg/hr during the course of the race. The Frenchman was found to have gone over the limit during the opening lap as read by the FIA-supplied fuel flow sensors, a mandatory device fitted identically to all cars.
The FIA enforces a 100kg/hr limit to refrain teams from executing extreme amounts of engine power out of their cars, essentially making them unfairly faster than their rivals. The same rule was exercised on Daniel Ricciardo at his home race in 2014 when the Australian was denied a podium on debut with Red Bull Racing.
Meanwhile, Kevin Magnussen was nabbed for a separate fuel breach consuming over 105kg of fuel which is the limit for all drivers. It is Haas’ second disqualification in just three races after Romain Grosjean was excluded from the Italian Grand Prix classifications for an infringement on the floor of the car, a matter that the team is currently appealing with the governing body.
Haas’ Team Principal, Guenther Steiner showed his displeasure to the ruling hoping for more clarity next season when the fuel limit is increased to 110kg.
“In the end, it’s our responsibility to control the fuel amount, but I still disagree with Formula One having to run on these rules,” he said.
“I hope next year, with having 110 kilograms, this will bring change, but we’re changing another rule to put a bigger front wing on, so maybe it will [stay] the same.”
The reshuffle in the final positions promotes Ocon’s teammate Sergio Perez to eighth and Brendon Hartley to ninth becoming the New Zealander’s best finishing position in his short Formula 1 career. Marcus Ericsson slots into tenth adding another point to his championship tally bringing him to 17th in the standings with seven points against his name.
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