Cape Town - Despite announcing their intent to appeal, Haas have
announced they will not appeal the Abu Dhabi ruling that cleared Force India to
race the VJM11.
Haas, unhappy with the FIA's decision to awarded Force India
'Column 1' prize money as they feel Racing Point is a new entity, lodged an
appeal against Force India running the VJM11.
The American outfit said that the car belonged to Sahara
Force India, the team that went into administration earlier this year.
The stewards, however, ruled that Racing Point Force India
was permitted to run the car as they are a "new" team who brought it
from a defunct outfit.
Haas announced at the time their intent to appeal but on
Wednesday, three days after the 2018 season concluded, revealed they would not.
The team tweeted: "Haas has elected not to appeal the
decision of the FIA Stewards (UAE Document 20 - Haas Protest Decision)
following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Nov. 22-25 2018."
Haas, though, may have lost the battle but won the war as
with the stewards declaring Racing Point Force India a "new" team, by
the letter of the law in the Concorde Agreement they are not entitled to Column
1 prize money for two years.
Watch this space!