Stewards dismiss Haas protest at Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix
Formula One F1 - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia - April 1, 2023 Haas' Nico Hulkenberg during qualifying REUTERS/Jaimi Joy

MELBOURNE, April 2 (Reuters) - Stewards dismissed a protest by the Haas Formula One team against the provisional results of Saturday's Australian Grand Prix.

Haas's Nico Hulkenberg ended up seventh in the race at Albert Park despite being fourth when it was stopped for the third and final time.

After lengthy deliberations, stewards decided the race would finish according to grid positions at the restart with a lap behind a safety car minus the cars that had crashed.

That meant Hulkenberg finished seventh, according to the race's provisional classification.

Stewards agreed to consider the Haas protest but ruled that the race director had acted appropriately, with a prompt decision needed, and dismissed it.

The points still lifted Haas to seventh in the constructors' championship.

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne/Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Ed Osmond

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