Mercedes lodges protest with FIA over Abu Dhabi Grand Prix finish

By on December 12, 2021 0

Mercedes lodges protest with FIA against final safety car decision at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which Max Verstappen edged Lewis Hamilton at Formula 1 World Championship











Mercedes has officially lodged a complaint with the FIA ​​over the decisions taken in the final rounds of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in which Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won the Formula 1 World Championship in the final moments against Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff is reportedly furious with the management of race director Michael Masi over the withdrawal of the safety car, which was deployed due to the crash of Williams driver Nicholas Latifi.

Wolff and Mercedes claim rules were not properly enforced regarding overtaking cars being allowed to come undone when Masi pulled out the safety car with a lap left to allow the race to end as a contest .

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“No Mikey! It was not good! ‘ Wolff shouted the team radio at Masi after deciding to remove the safety car.

Speaking after the race, Red Bull manager Christian Horner admitted that Verstappen had a fortune with the safety car, but Masi made the right choice to pull it out for the last lap, unlike Wolff.

“Of course he (Toto) will obviously (disagree). But it’s unheard of to leave the cars without overlap, ”Horner told Sky Sports.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff berated race director Michael Masi on team radio

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff berated race director Michael Masi on team radio

“You could see that they wanted to restart the race, but they don’t need to catch up with the back of the paddock, so they made the right choice.

“(They were) Tough circumstances for the flight attendants, we all put pressure on them, but they called it right.”

Mercedes had only 30 minutes after the end of the race to file the protest, according to Formula 1 rules.

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