Mercedes ‘consider SCRAPPING plans to launch a further appeal against Max Verstappen’s controversial world championship triumph as team lean towards protecting Formula One’s reputation ahead of desire to see Lewis Hamilton win an eighth title’
Mercedes are reportedly considering scrapping their plans to launch a further appeal against the controversial nature of Max Verstappen’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix win.
A hugely controversial final race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday saw the Dutchman overtake Lewis Hamilton in the last few seconds after a safety car was brought out with just a few laps to go.
With Hamilton seemingly easing his way to the title, Nicholas Latifi’s crash bunched the field, before the late FIA decision to take lapped cars out of the equation enabled Verstappen to make his move on the Mercedes man on the final lap.
Masi had originally said that the lapped cars would not be allowed to unlap themselves but after a word from Red Bull chief Horner, Masi changed his mind, allow the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves, wiping out the Brit’s 13-second advantage.
Hamilton was unable to defend, given he was on much older tyres, while Verstappen was on fresh, new soft tyres after he pitted during the safety car, leading to the Dutchman pulling off a dramatic overtake and winning his first ever world title.
Mercedes lodged two complaints with the FIA after the race, but both were rejected to confirm Verstappen’s place at the top of the sport.
However, The Times reports that the team are leaning towards putting the reputation of the sport before any desire to see Hamilton crowned world champion for an eighth time.
More to follow.
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