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Mercedes protests after Max Verstappen wins controversial F1 title at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes has filed an objection to the results of Grand Prix Abu Dhabi after a controversial finale witnessed Max Verstappen pass Lewis Hamilton entered the final round and won her maiden world title.

Nicholas Latifi’s collision with 5 laps at the Yas Marina Circuit brought the car in safety, which meant Verstappen could not only close the 12-second gap with race leader Hamilton but also stand a chance. new tires for the finale.

Race director Michael Masi then allowed a number of overturned cars – those between Verstappen and Hamilton – to pass the car safely, meaning Red Bull was right behind the Mercedes when the race resumed with a race lap. From there, Verstappen was able to quickly overtake Hamilton and hold on to the title of race champion.

Mercedes has taken issue with how it handles overturned cars and bosses Toto Wolff was very angry.

Initially, the FIA’s decision was to keep the covered cars behind the car safe, meaning there were five between Verstappen and Hamilton. After that, cars with a roof were allowed to pass the car safely, but not all of them – and Mercedes pointed out a rule stating that all cars with a roof must be allowed to pass on their own. before the race can be restarted.

Another element of the protest is said to be based on Verstappen allegedly overtaking Hamilton while in the back of a safety vehicle. Playback footage shows Red Bull inching slightly past the Mercedes as they play a game of cat and mouse before the car safely pulls off the track.

A statement from the governing FIA said Mercedes protested “against the classification established at the end of the competition”. A verdict was expected within two hours after the race ended.

Verstappen burst into tears as he crossed the line, expressing his love for his team and sitting by his car after it stopped: “It’s unbelievable, guys. Will we be able to do this together in 10 to 15 years,” he said.

He told Sky Sports: “It was unbelievable. I continued to fight the whole race. I had a chance in the last round. Unbelievably, I still have cramps. This is crazy.

“These boys, my team, they deserve it. I love them so much. I have enjoyed working with them since 2016 but this year has been incredible.”

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