Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone said he is “very surprised” by the attitude shown by Mercedes after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The season finished in a controversial manner as Lewis Hamilton lost his 8th championship title to Max Verstappen, who Mercedes say was unfairly benefitted by race director Michael Masi.

Because of this, Mercedes had gone silent with the media and the fans, and released a statement on Thursday, four days after the finish of the Grand Prix. On top of this, neither Hamilton nor team principal Toto Wolff assisted the FIA Prize-giving gala on Thursday.

Speaking about the situation, Ecclestone said he was very surprised to see Mercedes acting that way.

“I was very, very, very, very surprised at the attitude of Mercedes because I haven’t seen them act in this way, ever,” said Ecclestone.

“After the race, obviously, people have seen the competition, if they lose, they are not so happy as the winners. But there’s a way to act and they didn’t act that way.

“Also, as far as not coming here, somebody’s bothered to put on the world championship, a lot of people work and a lot of people are given a lot of their time up and effort to do this.”

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