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Mercedes set to ‘scrap’ appeal against Max Verstappen after Lewis Hamilton’s intervention

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Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton

Race fans are still catching their breaths from the highly speeded and action-packed drama which unfolded at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. With Max Verstappen winning his maiden world title, Mercedes were all set to appeal against the decision of Michael Masi and FIA which caused heaps of controversy. But as per the latest news Lewis Hamilton has called his team to drop the appeal as he doesn’t want to win his 8th world championship in the court. 

Michael Masi decided to significantly change his mind after Nicholas Latifi’s crash, making sure that the Red Bull’s ace Dutchman was right beside Hamilton in a 1-lap sprint race. Given his tyre advantage, there was always going to one winner. Although there are no doubts that these two were the best drivers in the 2021 season and arguably registered one of the most nail-biting rivalries in the sport, yet Hamilton seems to be moving on after the upset. 

Lewis Hamilton calls Mercedes to scrap appeal 

Max Verstappen

The Silver Arrows have decided to ditch their plans to appeal and will announce the news on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail. It is said that Hamilton has asked his team to stand down in order to avoid a long and drawn-out battle to overturn Verstappen’s first title. Although the 36-year-old was deeply hurt by the manner of his defeat in Abu Dhabi, he does not think that it would be in the sport’s best interests to go down the legal route. 

Toto Wolff and Max Verstappen

“Following the presentation of a report regarding the sequence of events that took place following the incident on lap 53, and in a constant drive for improvement, the FIA president proposed to the World Motor Sport Council that a detailed analysis and clarification exercise for the future with all relevant parties will now take place,” read the statement, which was released on Wednesday. 

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen

This will be discussed and addressed with all the teams and drivers to draw any lessons from this situation and clarity to be provided to the participants, media and fans about the regulations to preserve the competitive nature of our sport while ensuring the safety of the drivers. 

“Following that presentation and an extensive discussion, the World Council has decided to unanimously support the president’s proposal.” 

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