Hamilton, Wolff won’t attend FIA prize-giving gala

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 05: Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks on his team radio in the Pitlane during the F1 Grand Prix of Saudi Arabia at Jeddah Corniche Circuit on December 05, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Andrej Isakovic – Pool/Getty Images)

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff won’t attend today’s FIA prize-giving gala as they remain unhappy with the events at Abu Dhabi.

Max Verstappen won the Drivers’ championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as he benefitted from the late decision of the FIA to allow lapped cars to pass the Safety Car. Mercedes protested such a decision, stating it was against the regulations. However, the FIA dismissed it.

Speaking on Thursday, Wolff said the team will be represented by their chief technical officer, James Allison, and that neither he nor Hamilton would attend the ceremony.

“Both of us won’t be there,” Wolff said.

“I won’t be there because of my loyalty to Lewis and because of my own personal integrity.

“But we will be represented as a team by James Alison, who will be taking the trophy on behalf of all the people in Brackley and Brixworth who should celebrate our eighth consecutive world championship title, who deserve to be celebrated, because it’s a fantastic achievement that we are very proud of.”

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