Report: Mercedes End Their Conquest to Change Hamilton-Verstappen F1 Title Outcome

Published 12/13/2021, 7:12 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


The twists keep on coming in the 2021 season. The defending champions Mercedes had protested the race result on two accounts. The first one was that Max Verstappen had overtaken under the safety car. The one was asking the stewards had allowed lapped cars to overtake after they had initially stated that lapped cars would not overtake. But the FIA dismissed both their protests.

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Mercedes had lodged an intention to appeal after FIA rejected both their protests. This gave them 72 hours to collect evidence to support their claim and take this to court.

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Mercedes to withdraw their appeal for the final race in Abu Dhabi

But according to the Times (via GP Blog), it looks like Mercedes are going to withdraw their appeal. The latest development would mean that Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will be confirmed as the 2021 world champion.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

The reason for their withdrawal is not clear and they are yet to put out an official statement. After losing both their protests, they put out an official statement expressing their intent to appeal the decision of the stewards.

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The protest and appeal did not really sit well with the Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko and he called the German team sore losers.

“It’s unworthy of a World Championship final that the decision is delayed like that. But that speaks in favor of the attitude of an, I would say, unworthy loser if you lodge such objections and protests.

We broke their seven-year dominance with a young guy and a young, motivated team. It’s disgusting what they did after the race to protest when it was clear it would not work. This is a very bad loser for me.” said Marko.

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If the reports are true, then this is wonderful news for all Red Bull and Max Verstappen fans around the world.

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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