Mercedes won’t enchantment Abu Dhabi Grand Prix consequence

Mercedes has opted to not enchantment the results of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which noticed Max Verstappen controversially beat Lewis Hamilton to the Components One title Sunday.

The choice removes any doubt about Verstappen’s standing as 2021 world champion.

Mercedes was livid at how the race completed, after FIA race director Michael Masi appeared to disregard sure components of the sporting laws so as to make sure the title battle was determined by one ultimate lap of racing after a number of laps behind the Security Automotive.

The hasty restart gave Verstappen the chance to move Hamilton on the ultimate lap, serving to him safe the championship with a race victory.

Hamilton’s Mercedes staff protested the race outcomes after the chequered flag, with a give attention to the articles of the sporting laws that had been ignored to get racing again underway for one ultimate lap.

These protests had been dismissed, however Mercedes lodged its intention to enchantment, giving the staff 4 days to construct a case. Nonetheless, on Thursday, the staff confirmed it won’t be pursuing any additional motion.

The staff cited the FIA’s dedication to “an in depth evaluation and clarification train” over what transpired over the ultimate laps as key to dropping its enchantment.

Mercedes stated it “welcome the choice by the FIA to put in a fee to totally analyse what occurred in Abu Dhabi and to enhance the robustness of guidelines, governance and choice making in Components 1. We additionally welcome that they’ve invited the groups and the drivers to participate”.

Hamilton and Mercedes boss Toto Wolff are required to attend the FIA Gala on Thursday night to obtain the runners-up and constructors’ trophy, respectively. Neither has spoken to the media for the reason that protest was lodged on Sunday night.

Wolff’s spouse, Susie, gave a touch at what the prevailing feeling within the staff is perhaps on Thursday morning, posting to Twitter that she hopes F1 can have “a governing physique with sporting integrity” by the point subsequent season begins in March.

The Mercedes assertion in full:

“Pricey Components One group and followers,

“We left Dubai in disbelief of what we had simply witnessed. After all, it is a part of the sport to lose a race, nevertheless it’s one thing completely different while you lose religion in racing.

“Along with Lewis, we’ve deliberated fastidiously over how to reply to the occasions on the Components 1 season finale. We now have all the time been guided by our love of sport and we imagine that each competitors must be gained on benefit. Within the race on Sunday many felt, us included, that the best way issues unfolded was not proper.

“The rationale we protested the consequence on Sunday was as a result of the Security Automotive laws had been utilized in a brand new method that affected the race consequence, after Lewis had been in a commanding lead and heading in the right direction to win the World Championship.

“We appealed within the curiosity of sporting equity, and we’ve since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Components 1 to create readability for the long run, so that every one rivals know the foundations below which they’re racing, and the way they’re enforced. Thus, we welcome the choice by the FIA to put in a fee to totally analyse what occurred in Abu Dhabi and to enhance the robustness of the foundations, governance and choice making in Components 1. We’ll maintain the FIA accountable for this course of and we hereby withdraw our enchantment.

“To Max Verstappen and Purple Bull Racing: we want to specific our honest respect to your achievements this season. You made this Components 1 Championship title struggle really epic. Max, we congratulate you and your complete staff. We stay up for taking the struggle to you on the monitor subsequent season.

“And lastly, though this Drivers’ Championship didn’t finish the best way we hoped, we couldn’t be prouder of our staff.

“Lewis, you’re the biggest racer within the historical past of Components 1 and also you drove your coronary heart out for each lap of this unimaginable season. You are flawless sportsman on and off the monitor and also you delivered a faultless efficiency. As a pure competitor and as a task mannequin for tens of millions around the globe, we salute you.

“Valetteri [Bottas], you have got been such essential a part of this staff, delivering 5 Constructors’ Championships in 5 seasons. Thanks to your outstanding contribution to our motorsport historical past.

“Lastly, to each one of many expert and passionate men and women of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Staff in Brackley and Excessive Efficiency Powertrains in Brixworth; you’ve got written a historic chapter within the Silver Arrow story by successful the eighth Constructors’ Championship — in a row. That is an unprecedented achievement. In easy phrases: it is superior. You might be superior.”

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