McLaren are protesting the results from F1 qualifying at the Austrian Grand Prix after Oscar Piastri’s best lap in Q3 was deleted for track limits.

Having initially qualified third at the Red Bull Ring, Piastri’s lap was deleted by the stewards for track limits at Turn 6.

The lap deletion meant that Piastri qualified seventh rather than third.

However, upon examining the off-board footage, there was some doubt over whether Piastri actually exceeded track limits.

This was a view shared by Sky Sports’ Anthony Davidson, who was unconvinced that Piastri had all four wheels outside of the white line at Turn 6.

As a result, McLaren have lodged a protest.

McLaren boss Andrea Stella has said they’ve launched the appeal as it “could not be proved beyond reasonable doubt”.

“We launched a protest, which has been acknowledged but not been actioned yet, because we want to have the possibility to continue the conversation,” he said.

“Our approach to racing is we don’t want what we don’t deserve. But when the penalty is so harsh, then in the interest of sport – it’s not in the interest of McLaren – there needs to be clear evidence.”

Oscar Piastri (AUS) McLaren MCL38. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11, Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg, Austria, Sprint

Oscar Piastri (AUS) McLaren MCL38. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 11,…

He added: “We sought clarification in particular because we wanted to look at the evidence whereby the car was beyond the track limits beyond any reasonable doubt I cannot say that the beyond reasonable doubt is satisfied.

“There’s a couple of principles. One is that the system used needs to have adequate resolution, and the second one is that the methodology used for one car needs to be applicable to all cars.

“If you use a helicopter view for a car, you need to use the helicopter view and it needs to be available for all cars. We are normally very supportive of the FIA. We always recognise that everyone is trying their best.

“But in this case, we couldn’t agree that the car is beyond the track limit beyond any reasonable doubt, and satisfying the two conditions I said before. So, the discussion is still ongoing.”

Piastri was outraged by the deletion, describing the policing of track limits as “embarrassing”.

Daniel Ricciardo was also surprised by the stewards’ decision to monitor track limits at Turn 6 given the time loss you’d have due to the gravel.