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Mercedes withdraw appeal over result of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes drops appeal against the result of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and congratulate Max Verstappen on his win



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Mercedes withdraw appeal over result of Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Mercedes have dropped their appeal against the result of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and congratulated Max Verstappen on his win.

Lewis Hamilton's team were unhappy with the way he was overtaken on the final lap after a controversial safety car restart, which saw Verstappen go on to win the race as well as the Formula One title.

After the race, Mercedes lodged two protests against the outcome of the race – which Hamilton led the majority of, before Verstappen passed him on the final lap, having changed tyres under the Safety Car.

Those protests related to Verstappen allegedly passing Hamilton under the Safety Car, and second to the decision to allow five lapped cars to unlap themselves behind the Safety Car immediately before racing resumed for the final lap of the season finale.

On Sunday evening, the stewards dismissed Mercedes’ protests, with the team announcing in the aftermath that they had lodged a notice of intention to appeal the decision – giving Mercedes 96 hours to weigh up whether or not to lodge their grounds for appeal.

However, on Thursday morning, the team announced they wouldn’t be pursuing the matter further, following an announcement from the FIA that an investigation would be carried out into the events surrounding the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

A statement from Mercedes said: "We hereby withdraw our appeal. Together with Lewis, we have deliberated carefully over how to respond to the events at the Formula 1 season finale.

"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 analyse 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."

Mercedes also offered congratulations to Verstappen and Red Bull: "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."

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