F1: Mercedes confirm they have WITHDRAWN their appeal against the FIA Max Verstappen’s title win

Mercedes confirm they have WITHDRAWN their appeal against the FIA over Lewis Hamilton’s controversial lack of the F1 world title, cementing Max Verstappen’s first championship success for Red Bull

Mercedes have confirmed they are withdrawing their protest over Max Verstappen’s controversial drivers’ championship victory following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Dutchman handed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the closing lap of the final race of the season to grab the crown from underneath the Brit’s nostril following a controversial interval of operating underneath the security automobile.


In fury, Mercedes had lodged an appeal over the consequence, however have now determined against the process following talks with the governing physique of F1.

Sportsmail had solely revealed on Wednesday that Hamilton had advised the group he didn’t wish to win what would have been a file eighth world championship in courtroom. 

Hamilton had been set to win comfortably at the Yas Marina circuit earlier than Nicholas Latifi’s Williams crashed with only a few laps to go.


This enabled Red Bull to pit for brisker tyres, in addition to shut a spot to Hamilton underneath the security automobile that was introduced out following the crash and prevents overtaking whereas it’s on the circuit whereas slowing down all the drivers.

However, on the penultimate lap a novel prevalence appeared when solely the lapped drivers between Hamilton and Verstappen have been allowed to unlap themselves as an alternative of the complete discipline lapped automobiles, and was rushed to make sure a closing lap sprint for the flag and finally the title would happen. 

In this state of affairs, Hamilton was a sitting duck with a lot older tyres permitting Verstappen to make a simple go on the closing lap to disclaim the Mercedes driver a title which might have taken him away from Michael Schumacher’s file of seven championships. 

Mercedes confirmed their withdrawal with a submit on Twitter, studying: ‘We left Abu Dhabi in disbelief of what we had simply witnessed. Of course it is a part of the sport to lose a race, nevertheless it’s one thing completely different once you lose religion in racing.


‘Together we have deliberated. We have at all times been guided by our love of this sport and we imagine that each competitors must be received on advantage. In the race on Sunday many felt, us included, that the approach issues unfolded was not proper.

‘The purpose we protested the race consequence on Sunday was as a result of the Safety Car rules have been applies in a brand new approach 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 in the curiosity of sporting equity, and we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Formula 1 to create readability for the future, so that each one the rivals know the guidelines underneath which they are racing, and the way they might be enforced.

‘Thus, we welcome the determination by the FIA to put in a fee to totally analyse what occurred in Abu Dhabi and to enhance the robustness of the guidelines, governance and determination making of Formula One. We additionally welcome that they have invited the groups and drivers to participate.

‘The Mercedes-AMG Petronas group will actively work together with his fee to construct a greater Formula 1 – for each group and each fan who loves this sport as a lot as we do. We will maintain the FIA accountable for this course of and we hereby withdraw our appeal.’


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