Haas drivers disqualified from qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix

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Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have been disqualified from today's qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix after a technical infringement on both cars.

Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen finished today's qualifying session in Monte Carlo in P12 and P15 respectively. However, the team will face a challenging race in Monaco tomorrow as the FIA detected a technical infringement on the VF-24s.

Following several measurements, the stewards ruled that the rear wing element on both cars was non-compliant, prompting them to disqualify Hulkenberg and Magnussen from the qualifying session. However, both drivers will be able to start the race, due to setting adequate lap times in practice.

“The uppermost rear wing element adjustable positions were checked on car numbers 20 [Magnussen] and 27 [Hulkenberg]. The [left-hand side] and [right-hand side] outermost area of the adjustable elements were exceeding the maximum allowed 85mm on both cars.

“As this is not in compliance with [Technical Regulations] Article 3.10.10 h), I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration," FIA Technical Delegate Jo Bauer noted.

The stewards stated: “The Technical Delegate discovered on examination that the uppermost rear wing element 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.”