Mercedes picks up yarn. Four days after the tremendous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that put the bolt on the most competitive Formula 1 World Championship in recent decades, the German company issued a brief statement this Thursday morning in which it implicitly assumed the defeat suffered last Sunday, a day for history in which Max Verstappen won his first drivers' title in a final lap surrounded by controversy.
The main focus of conflict was the decision of Michael Masi, the Race Director, to remove the five bent cars that circulated between Hamilton, the leader, and Verstappen, who was chasing him out of the way. On the other hand, the rest of the runners with a lost lap were not allowed to overtake, a circumstance that if it had occurred would have caused the race, and the World Championship, to end with the test neutralized, and the caravan, in line, behind the safety car. The regulation grants that the order to split must be applied to all participants, but it also grants Masi the power to act as it sees fit in each case. And there things got messy.
Mercedes presented at first – it had to do so in the half hour immediately after the conclusion of the event – two claims, which were almost instantly dismissed. Faced with that first verdict, Mercedes appealed with a formal appeal, which had to be ratified within 96 hours. At the same time, and after verifying the commotion generated by the outcome of the championship, the International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced this Wednesday an investigation into the events, with the aim of putting an end to the wave of criticism received, which in its understanding “ they tarnish the image of the contest ”, according to the official note. That was enough for Mercedes to decide to withdraw the appeal, even though Hamilton at no time was in favor of the process initiated by his team.
“We left Abu Dhabi without believing what we had just witnessed. Obviously losing a race is part of the game; but losing faith in racing is something very different, “says the formation of the Silver Arrows in a statement. “We deliberated with Lewis on what actions to take in reference to the events of the last test. Our love for sport is what has always guided us, and we believe that each competition should be won on the merits ”, adds Mercedes. “In Sunday's race, many, including us, had the feeling that things did not develop in the right way,” underlines the manufacturer from Stuttgart, who concludes by welcoming the initiative of the FIA. “Mercedes will actively work with this commission to build a better F1 for all teams and fans like us. And for that reason, we withdraw our appeal ”, the team emphasizes.
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