FIA dismisses Mercedes protest against Verstappen

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

The stewards have made their decision on Max Verstappen’s alleged overtake on Lewis Hamilton under the Safety Car in Abu Dhabi.

After the race at the Yas Marina Circuit, Mercedes lodged two protests to the FIA. One of them concerned the fact that Verstappen possibly overtook Hamilton under the Safety Car conditions.

After hearing both parties, the stewards decided to dismiss the protest.

“Having considered the various statements made by the parties. The Stewards determine that although Car 33 [Verstappen] did at one stage, for a very short period of time, move slightly in front of Car 44 [Hamilton], at a time when both cars where accelerating and braking, it moved back behind Car 44 and it was not in front when the Safety Car period ended (i.e. at the line),” the stewards’ decision reads.

“Accordingly, the Protest is dismissed and the Protest Deposit is not refunded.”

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