Max Verstappen has been confirmed because the 2021 System 1 World Driver’s champion after Mercedes-AMG confirmed it has withdrawn its enchantment over the ultimate laps of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Seven-time world champion Sir Lewis Hamilton had dominated the race in his Mercedes, however a late race security automobile bunched the sector up and allowed Pink Bull-Honda‘s Verstappen to pit for contemporary tyres and shut in – though with a number of lapped vehicles between the 2.
FIA race director Michael Masi initially signalled that the race would restart with the lapped vehicles nonetheless in place – however then instructed the vehicles between Hamilton and Verstapen to unlap themselves, after which restarted the race on the finish of that lap.
On contemporary tyres, Verstappen overtook Hamilton to win the race and the championship. Mercedes initially appealed the end result to the stewards, however that was turned down. The staff then stated it will enchantment additional.
The FIA, motorsport’s governing physique, yesterday introduced that it will launch “an in depth evaluation and clarification train” on the occasions, which might contain broth the drivers and groups. That was determined after a presentation on the race was made to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
In a press release, the FIA stated the occasions in Abu Dhabi “have notably generated important misunderstanding and reactions from System 1 groups, drivers and followers, an argument that’s at the moment tarnishing the picture of the championship”.
It added the clarification train would “be mentioned and addressed with all of the groups and drivers to attract any classes from this example and readability to be offered to the members, media and followers concerning the present laws to protect the aggressive nature of our sport whereas guaranteeing the security of the drivers and officers.”
Mercedes had till yesterday night (Wednesday) to formally lodge its enchantment over the stewards’ ruling and hadn’t made any public remark since then. But it surely has now determined to not enchantment.
In a press release, the staff stated: “Along with Lewis, now we have deliberated rigorously over how to reply to the occasions on the System 1 season finale. We have now at all times been guided by our love of this sport, and we consider that each competitors ought to be gained on advantage. Within the race on Sunday, many felt, us included, that the way in which issues unfolded was not proper. “The rationale we protested the race end result on Sunday was as a result of the safety-car laws have been utilized in a brand new method that affected the race end result, after Lewis had been in a commanding lead and heading in the right direction to win the World Championship.
“We appealed within the curiosity of sporting equity, and now we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and System 1 to create readability for the long run, so that each one rivals know the foundations below which they’re racing, and the way they are going to be enforced.