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BREAKING: Mercedes to appeal Verstappen’s Abu Dhabi F1 win

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Dec 12, 2021

Mercedes are contesting the dramatic safety car procedure that allowed one final opportunity for Verstappen to overtake Hamilton to clinch the world championship.

INCREDIBLE SCENES AS MAX VERSTAPPEN SNATCHES F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON FINAL LAP

Verstappen took advantage of a safety car after Nicholas Latifi crashed, with the race director instructing only certain “lapped” cars to go past Hamilton. It resulted in competitive race conditions for the two title contenders to battle it out under a green light for one final lap.

Verstappen and Hamilton, who went into the race level on points, went wheel to wheel to the chequered flag with the Dutchman edging the race.

Until then, Hamilton had been coasting, his eighth world title seemingly in the bag, but Red Bull then received an unlikely “miracle” after Latifi crashed.

It allowed Red Bull to enforce a pit stop for Verstappen, who put on fresh tyres, while Hamilton didn’t pit as Mercedes didn’t want him to lose pole position if the race ended under the safety car.

Although Red Bull and Verstappen celebrated the Dutch driver’s maiden title, Mercedes have reportedly lodged an appeal against the result.

Dramatic scenes as Mercedes lodge two appeals

“Mercedes have protested ‘against the classification established at the end of the Competition’, relating to alleged breaches of Articles 48.8 and 48.12 of the FIA Sporting Regulations,” Formula One tweeted.  

When racing resumed for the 58th and closing lap Verstappen barged past Hamilton to take the chequered flag and the title. 

“any cars that have been lapped by the leader will be required to pass the cars on the lead lap and the safety car” Not all lapped cars passed. Protocol wasn’t followed and the lap 51 running order should be the finish order pic.twitter.com/uuAWF7oduE

— lanre || CH4RLES (@AOmodamola) December 12, 2021

FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2021 – RACE RESULT

POSNODRIVERCARLAPSTIME/RETIREDPTS133Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA581:30:17.34526244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES58+2.256s18355Carlos SainzFERRARI58+5.173s15422Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA58+5.692s12510Pierre GaslyALPHATAURI HONDA58+6.531s10677Valtteri BottasMERCEDES58+7.463s874Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES58+59.200s6814Fernando AlonsoALPINE RENAULT58+61.708s4931Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT58+64.026s21016Charles LeclercFERRARI58+66.057s1115Sebastian VettelASTON MARTIN MERCEDES58+67.527s0123Daniel RicciardoMCLAREN MERCEDES57+1 lap01318Lance StrollASTON MARTIN MERCEDES57+1 lap01447Mick SchumacherHAAS FERRARI57+1 lap01511Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA55DNF0NC6Nicholas LatifiWILLIAMS MERCEDES50DNF0NC99Antonio GiovinazziALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI33DNF0NC63George RussellWILLIAMS MERCEDES26DNF0NC7Kimi RäikkönenALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI25DNF0

Max Verstappen wins WDC

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