Mercedes drop attraction towards title-deciding win


Lewis Hamilton‘s Mercedes F1 staff on Thursday withdrew their attraction towards Max Verstappen’s controversial title-winning victory in Abu Dhabi following a choice by motor racing chiefs to undertake a “detailed analysis” of the race.

Red Bull’s Verstappen sped previous the British driver on the ultimate lap on Sunday to clinch his first drivers’ title and deny his fierce rival a document eighth crown.

The deployment of the protection automobile after a late crash on the Yas Marina Circuit had worn out Hamilton’s seemingly unassailable lead.

Race director Michael Masi then determined to withdraw the protection automobile for the ultimate lap, successfully turning the world championship right into a one-lap shootout.

Verstappen had an enormous benefit as he was utilizing more energizing tyres and made it rely to dramatic impact.

The livid Mercedes staff had a right away double attraction dismissed by the stewards then lodged an intention to attraction towards that call, which they had been required to set off by Thursday night.

But the staff have now issued a prolonged assertion asserting they’re drawing a line underneath the problem.

Mercedes stated that they had made the choice following “constructive dialogue” with world motor sport governing physique the FIA over establishing readability for future racing eventualities.

“We welcome the decision by the FIA to install a commission to thoroughly analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi and to improve the robustness of rules, governance and decision-making in Formula 1,” Mercedes stated in a press release.

“We additionally welcome that they’ve invited the groups and drivers to participate.

“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team will actively work with this commission to build a better Formula 1 — for every team and every fan who loves this sport as much as we do. We will hold the FIA accountable for this process and we hereby withdraw our appeal.”

Hamilton, 36, and his Dutch rival began the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix stage on factors, turning it right into a winner-takes-all showdown and the British driver gave the impression to be cruising to an unprecedented eighth title earlier than the late drama.

Mercedes, who sealed their eighth consecutive constructors’ title, stated that they had initially appealed towards the outcome within the pursuits of “sporting fairness”.

The staff supplied congratulations to Verstappen, 24, and Red Bull, saying the F1 championship title struggle had been “truly epic”.

“Though this drivers’ championship did not end the way we hoped, we could not be prouder of our team,” the assertion added.

“Lewis, you are the greatest racer in the history of Formula 1 and you drove your heart out for every lap of this incredible season. You’re a flawless sportsman on and off the track and you delivered a faultless performance.”

The FIA stated on Wednesday that, following a proposal by outgoing president Jean Todt, “a detailed analysis and clarification exercise for the future with all relevant parties will now take place”.

The FIA promised the report could be accomplished earlier than the beginning of subsequent season.

Verstappen will obtain his trophy at an FIA awards ceremony on Thursday.

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