Mercedes Have Withdrawn Their Appeal Against The Abu Dhabi GP Result – WTF1
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Mercedes Have Withdrawn Their Appeal Against The Abu Dhabi GP Result

It’s official. Max Verstappen is your 2021 F1 World Champion as Mercedes have announced they have withdrawn their appeal against the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix results. This statement was shared just hours before the FIA’s Prize Giving Gala and stated that the team came to a decision with help from their driver Lewis Hamilton.

In a statement shared on social media, the team confirmed that they would “hold the FIA accountable,” but they’ll also “withdraw [their] appeal”.

Hamilton lost out on a potential eighth world championship with a highly controversial ending to the season finale that involved the safety car restart.

“Together with Lewis, we have deliberated carefully over how to respond to the events at the Formula 1 season finale. We have always been guided by our love of this sport, and we believe that every competition should be won on merit. In the race on Sunday, many felt, us included, that the way things unfolded was not right.

“The reason we protested the race result on Sunday was because the Safety Car regulations were applied in a new way that affected the race result, after Lewis had been in a commanding lead and on course to win the World Championship.

“We appealed in the interest of sporting fairness, and we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Formula 1 to create clarity for the future, so that all competitors know the rules under which they are racing, and how they will be enforced.

“Thus, 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. 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.”

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. 

11 thoughts on “Mercedes Have Withdrawn Their Appeal Against The Abu Dhabi GP Result

  • Correct decision from Mercedes in the end but unfortunately they have already done a lot of damage to their reputation regarding sportsmanship and have tarnished this championship more than was needed. It is okay to be angry or upset when you loose but in any other sport the losing team would have dealt with their emotions behind closed doors instead of shouting, threating legal action or boycotting award photoshoots. Yes the rules need to be looked at so that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again (or so that people understand why it was legal within the current rules) but that too can be done behind closed doors after a cool down period. I have never seen this kind of behavior in any other sport, even when it would have been justified. I also hope that as part of the FIA’s commission they address the way the team bosses speak to the race director. It was clear that Toto has little respect for the authority of the position.

      • Respecting the position is different than respecting the person. All sportspeople learn to respect the referee because he has the authoritative position. If a player or manager in any other sport spoke to the man in charge in that way he would have been booted from the game and severely reprimanded but the team bosses keep getting away with it.

    • It’s a grey area man. Mercedes didn’t do anything wrong. Yes, with one of the allegations, the one with the overtaking behind the safety car. But they were in the right for the second one. Don’t get me wrong, Max deserves it, but the FIA should have let the lapped cars pass the lap before, in the other 2 sectors apart from the one with the incident. The FIA tarnished their own sport. Mercedes is just easier to blame.

      • I get that and yes the FIA is more to blame here. I just feel that Mercedes didn’t take the loss very well regardless of what happened. No one wants to loose in that way but it’s also not great seeing grown men crying because things didn’t go exactly their way (And regardless of what anyone says, it was within the admittedly poorly written rules but slightly strange). Honestly it’s been a trend this whole season and needs to stop for the good of the sport. Kinda ruined the season for me long before the final race.

        • Since Interlagos I ahven’t seen a race without some kind of something that resulted in nothing being done about it. Here I’m on the fence, I fucking loved how it ended, but at the cost of bending the rules, in the long run it’s not a good idea at all. Rules should be enforced and they should sort out the ambiguities. It should be clear cut. Oh, and Masi should have grown the balls in Bahrain, not now in Abu.

  • Steven Bremer says:

    I was watching a YouTube video last night from the Racer channel and they talked about how the radio communication from both sides could influence the race directors decision. They drew a parallel to how football coaches can’t run on the pitch and speak with referees in the middle of a match. They concluded that it should be the same for F1.

    At the end of the day I am glad this is all done and dusted. It was an amazing year and should lead to an amazing 2022 season.

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