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On paper it looks like Haas was defeated in its bid to protest Force India ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but within that loss it could have got exactly what it was looking for. All eyes will be on what it does next.
The protest made by Haas against Force India in Abu Dhabi last weekend was the latest chapter in the extraordinary story of the Silverstone team's 2018 season and, like everything else that's happened, it set a fascinating precedent.
A team protesting the eligibility of the entry of a rival was indeed something new, and the twist was that while losing on the day Haas might well have achieved what it set out to do - which was gain further clarity on whether or not Racing Point Force India is in legal terms a new team.
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