The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team could be set to abandon their latest appeal over the results of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which saw Max Verstappen crowned Formula One world champion.
There was a controversial end to a thrilling season when FIA Race Director Michael Masi, who was only doing his job allowed five lapped cars to unlap themselves ahead of the final lap of the 58 lap race which resulted in a last lap showdown for the championship which saw Max Verstappen overtake Lewis Hamilton into turn 6 on the final lap to claim victory in the race and the championship by eight points from Lewis Hamilton.
The Times reports that the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team, whose management were furious at Masi’s decision are considering abandoning their appeal against the race result for the good of the sport.
The team had lodged to protests following the race which were thrown out however, The Times reports that Toto Wolff and the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s management understand that their continued pursuit of Lewis Hamilton to be made race winner of Sunday’s Grand Prix could tarnish Formula One’s reputation.
Given that their initial appeal on Sunday was denied, it is extremely unlikely that a further appeal would be successful. The Brackley-based outfit secured their eighth consecutive Constructors championship and if they were to proceed with a further appeal it would have to be done by Thursday as that is when the official FIA prize giving is set to take place.