For Mercedes, this is a tricky situation because there is not enough time in the race for all cars to be eliminated.
Mercedes is considering withdrawing its protest after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
After the dramatic end of the 2021 F1 season in Abu Dhabi, Mercedes launched two protests against Max Verstappen’s Red Bull. According to the London Times, Mercedes has changed its mind, and this seems to be changing. With the help of the safety car on the 53rd lap of the 58th lap, the world champion Verstappen managed to surpass Lewis Hamilton only on the last lap of the race. Mercedes was dissatisfied with the way the FIA handled the case of being hitchhiked and believed that Verstappen overtook Hamilton during the safety car.
Therefore, after the game, the FIA management dismissed the two protests. The Brackley-based team announced its intention to appeal the FIA’s decision. Before the F1 awards ceremony, the FIA still has 96 hours to crown the drivers and the team. It announced its decision after the protest was rejected, but now the Times reported that Mercedes is considering withdrawing the protest, which means it will not appeal.
Toto Wolff, the team leader, CEO and 33% owner of the F1 team, and Daimler, the parent company of the Ineos and Mercedes brands, have realized that the sport will not be very attractive. good. Wolfe also realized that if the FIA made a mistake in implementing the rules, it would be difficult for Verstappen to replace Verstappen as the world champion when he surpassed Hamilton on the track.
FIA Race Director Michael Massi initially stated that it is not allowed to untie the overlapped car on its own, which means that Verstappen and Hamilton will be separated by five cars. But then he changed the order and said that the five five cars that separated the race leader would be the only cars allowed to open the lap. This means that Verstappen was equipped with new soft tires immediately after Hamilton at the start of the final lap of the race, which played a decisive role in the overtaking process to win the championship.
For Mercedes, this is a tricky situation because there is not enough time in the race for all cars to be eliminated. Therefore, the team took a bold call not to allow Hamilton to pit for new tires, in order to maintain the track position when the race ended behind the safety car. But then Massi vetoed the standard agreement because he is the race director and he is entitled to this rule according to the FIA regulations.
In addition to this report, the F1 blog also cited sources in England that revealed that Hamilton had asked Wolfe to withdraw his appeal. F1maximaal.nl revealed that “sources from the English racing community” told them that Hamilton “is said to have asked Wolfe to withdraw their protest against Verstappen and Red Bull.”
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