Haas vs Force India, the Abu Dhabi protest. Thoughts-
Haas is correct by the letter of the law. New-FI does not have the IP to the cars they are running. Old-FI owns that and commercial agreements prevent this from being transferred in bankruptcy court (or whatever it's called in non-U.S. places).
All the powers that be (Most other teams, the engine manufacturers, FOM, FIA) decided to give new-FI the prize money. It's essentially impossible to overcome decisions by traditional power-structures, and this is why they are the traditional power structures.
Haas probably started out by asking new-FI for a payment equal to what they would have gotten if the old-FI prize money was distributed to other teams according to letter of the law. $60 million per season in old-FI prize money divided by ~ 10 teams is obviously $6 million per team, so Haas presumably asked new-FI for cash payment of $6 million for the next 2 or 3 seasons. This was a pretty reasonable request, or at least a practical request, and new-FI said no.
But then Haas were left with lousy next-best alternatives (which new-FI undoubtedly understood well). Haas can't go to FOM and ask for a decision. The only "court" or "judge" in this case is the FIA, and Haas can't petition the FIA to force a payment from FI. Instead Haas can only petition the FIA on issues of FI car legality. So this left Haas with one alternative: Ask the FIA to declare both new-FI cars illegal due to the IP issues and exclude them from the race. This would also logically lead to new-FI losing Column 1 prize money for the next 2 or 3 seasons, an impact of multi $100 millions. This is a huge and radical request, even when the original underlying issues are clear.
So Haas are effectively asking the FIA to-
1). Declare the FIA's own judgement in error when it supported the mid-season creation of new-FI, and
2). Take the draconian step of excluding new-FI from this race and really the entire 2018 championship due to a paperwork issue.
The FIA stewards at any given race are theoretically independent, and in argy-bargy sporting matters (penalties for collisions, etc.) this is probably true. However, when it comes to big-picture political/power matters, the stewards are probably not really very independent. This is a guess based on the likelihood of three stewards in a little office at a racetrack telling the FIA what the FIA can and can't do regarding multi-$100million decisions.
The stewards have delayed a decision for at least 24 hours. I suspect Haas has already presented all paperwork necessary for a quick and accurate decision. I suspect the stewards are delaying a decision to feel out the FIA and its wants, especially any FIA feedback on practical approaches to steward strategy for denying the Haas petition and the necessary wording to accomplish this. There will likely be a Haas appeal to the FIA itself, and the wording of the initial steward rejection will be crucial to framing the issues and debate for any subsequent appeal.
I don't see any reason to bet against the unified F1 power structures, even though I basically sympathize with Haas. If F1 was transparent and fair then everyone would have an F1 team.