The FIA has dismissed Mercedes’ protest over the decision to allow lapped cars to overtake as the Safety Car period was ending.

Mercedes protested the decision, stating that Lewis Hamilton would have won the race if the regulations – which say that “…any cars that have been lapped by the leader will be required to pass the cars on the lead lap and the safety car” and “…once the last lapped car has passed the leader the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap” – had been followed.

However, the FIA has dismissed the claim, as race director Michael Masi argued article 48.13 – which states that “…when the clerk of the course decides it is safe to call in the safety car the message “SAFETY CAR IN THIS LAP” will be sent to all Competitors” – overrides Mercedes claims over article 48.12.

Additionally, Mercedes had requested the results to be taken from the penultimate lap of the race, to which the stewards replied that such decision “is effectively shortening the race retrospectively, and hence not appropriate.”

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