Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has said Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has robbed Lewis Hamilton of an 8th world championship title.

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was full of controversy as a late decision by race direction to allow lapped cars to overtake gave Max Verstappen an advantage when catching Hamilton.

Mercedes protested the decision, stating that it was against the regulations. However, the FIA dismissed the protest, and the Silver Arrows lodged an intention to appeal which they now have canceled.

Speaking on Thursday after days of silence, the Mercedes team principal stated that Hamilton was robbed of the title.

“The decisions that have been taken in the last four minutes of this race have robbed Lewis Hamilton of a deserved world championship,” said Wolff. “His driving, particularly in the last four races, was faultless.

“He had a commanding lead on Sunday in Abu Dhabi from the get-go. He won the start and he never gave the lead away again. And robbing him in the last lap of the race is unacceptable.

“That’s why from a personal standpoint, from a professional standpoint, my values, my sense of integrity, just isn’t compatible to the decisions that have been made on Sunday. And it is up to the FIA to decide going forward how these decisions, these situations can be avoided.”

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