Hülkenberg and Magnussen thrown out of F1 Monaco GP qualifying results due to technical infringement

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Haas will start the Monaco Grand Prix from pit lane as Nico Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen got disqualified from the qualifying results, losing their P12 and P15 slots on the grid.

During scrutineering, FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer discovered something amiss with both cars regarding the DRS flap on the rear wing.

“The uppermost rear wing element adjustable positions were checked on car numbers 20 and 27. The LHS and RHS outermost area of the of the adjustable elements were exceeding the maximum allowed 85mm on both cars.”

It’s not the first time has happened. Lewis Hamilton suffered a similar fate at São Paulo in 2021 after the Brit had taken a dominant pole position.

Stewards decision:

“The Technical Delegate discovered on examination that the uppermost rear wingelement adjustable positions exceeded the maximum allowed under Article 3.10.10.h of the Technical Regulations of 85mm. 

“The team explained that this was the consequence of an inadvertent error on their part in setting the wing flap gap. 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 admiting 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/Car 20 from the Qualifying classification.”