Mercedes has confirmed that it will not appeal the FIA’s decision to dismiss the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix protests.
The biggest story of the week is over. After Mercedes lodged two protests at the conclusion of last Sunday’s Abu Dhabi GP and they were dismissed by the FIA, the Silver Arrows announced their intention to appeal the decisions. They had 96 hours to officially file an appeal, but in the end, decided not to do so.
In the statement that was released on Thursday, Mercedes explained the reasons for protesting the race result. More than that, the team supported the FIA’s decision to investigate what happened on the final laps of the Abu Dhabi GP.
“The reason we protested the race result on Sunday was because the Safety Car regulations were applied in a new way that affected the race result after Lewis [Hamilton] had been in a commanding lead and on course to win the world championship,” the statement read.
“We appealed in the interest of sporting fairness, and we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Formula 1 to create clarity for the future, so that all competitors know the rules under which they are racing, and how they will be enforced.
“Thus, we welcome the decision by the FIA to install a commission to thoroughly analyze what happened in Abu Dhabi and to improve the robustness of rules, governance and decision making in Formula 1. We also welcome that they have invited the teams and drivers to take part.
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team will actively work with this commission to build a better Formula 1 – for every team and every fan who loves this sport as much as we do. We will hold the FIA accountable for this process and we hereby withdraw our appeal.”
Mercedes also congratulated Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing on winning the 2021 Drivers’ Championship.
“To Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing: we would like to express our sincere respect for your achievements this season. You made this Formula 1 championship title fight truly epic. Max, we congratulate you and your entire team. We look forward to taking the fight to you on the track next season.”