By Matthew Roscoe • 16 December 2021 • 12:11
BREAKING NEWS – Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team have decided NOT to further appeal the F1 title-deciding result in Abu Dhabi, cementing Max Verstappen’s first championship success for Red Bull.
Apparently, Hamilton did not want to win what would have been a record eighth world championship in court, according to the Daily Mail.
Mercedes had filed two protests following Sunday’s race, but both were overturned by the FIA. Mercedes then asked for reconsideration at the International Court of Appeal.
However, that has now been withdrawn, putting to rest the drama and protests surrounding the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit on December 12.
The news now means that 24-year-old Red Bull driver, Max Verstappen, is definitely the new F1 world champion.
Hamilton had been set to win comfortably at the Yas Marina circuit before Nicholas Latifi’s Williams crashed with just a few laps to go – that saw Verstappen able to pit for fresh tires while Hamilton stayed on track – which, among other things, caused the Dutchman to beat the Brit.
A fuming Mercedes boss Toto Wolff lodged two complaints against the result, one claiming that Verstappen had passed Hamilton while still under the Safety Car and the second against race director Michael Masi ruling to allow lapped cars to overtake Hamilton prior to the final lap commencing – which gave the Verstappen the perfect opportunity to explo¡t his new set of soft tyres to accelerate past the Brit and take the lead, and eventual win the race and the title.
Mercedes congratulated Verstappen and Red Bull, and called the 24-year-old Dutchman a “flawless sportsman on and off the track” who “delivered a faultless performance.”
“We would like to express our sincere respect for your achievements this season,” Mercedes said in its statement. “You made this Formula 1 championship title fight truly epic. Max, we congratulate you and your entire team. We look forward to taking the fight to you on the track next season.”
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