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16 Dec 2021
1:01 pm

Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team withdraw F1 title appeal

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"We welcome the decision by the FIA to install a commission to thoroughly analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi," Mercedes said in a statement.

Formula One world champion Max Verstappen celebrates his victory in Abu Dhabi. Picture: Kamran Jebreili/AFP

The Mercedes team announced on Thursday they were withdrawing their appeal against Max Verstappen’s controversial title-winning victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The team, spearheaded by Lewis Hamilton, said they had made the decision following “constructive dialogue” with governing body FIA with regard to establishing clarity for future racing scenarios.

“We welcome the decision by the FIA to install a commission to thoroughly analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi and to improve the robustness of rules, governance and decision-making in Formula 1,” Mercedes said in a statement.

“We also welcome that they have invited the teams and drivers to take part.

“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team will actively work with this commission to build a better Formula 1 — for every team and every fan who loves this sport as much as we do. We will hold the FIA accountable for this process and we hereby withdraw our appeal.”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton
A dejected Lewis Hamilton after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Picture: Getty Images

Red Bull’s Verstappen claimed victory and the world title after the deployment of a late safety car in Sunday’s season-ending race in Abu Dhabi led to the Dutchman being placed right behind Hamilton, whom he then overtook on the final lap when the safety car was withdrawn.

Mercedes had an immediate double appeal dismissed by the stewards, then lodged an intention to appeal against that decision, which they were required to trigger by Thursday evening.