Mercedes have seen both of their protests dismissed by the FIA after Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the Formula One title
Max Verstappen remains the Formula One world champion after Mercedes were unsuccessful in their second protest to have the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix adjusted.
Verstappen overcame Lewis Hamilton on a dramatic final lap to clinch his first title on Sunday.
The Red Bull driver, 24, benefitted from a late yellow flag which allowed him to close the gap on Hamilton, 36, and overtake the Brit with a fresh set of soft tyres equipped.
However, Mercedes were livid with race stewards after they allowed five lapped drivers to pass the safety car, offering Verstappen a clear run at Hamilton during the final racing lap.
Team principal Toto Wolff was noticeably absent from his press duties in the immediate aftermath of the race, instead choosing to read through F1 regulations before launching an official protest.
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The first of Mercedes’ grievances related to Verstappen allegedly overtaking Hamilton behind the safety car, and it was dismissed by governing body the FIA to cheers from the Red Bull garage.
Later on Sunday evening, they received the same verdict for their complaint about the lapped drivers being allowed to overtake the safety car, despite feeling this was in breach of the sport’s rules.
Both protests not being upheld comes as joyous news for Verstappen and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner after a nerve-racking four hours after the chequered flag waved at Yas Marina.
However, the saga is by no means over as Mercedes have until Thursday to appeal the decision, according to FIA regulations.
Verstappen, meanwhile, is expected to be presented with his trophy on Friday and shared a long embrace with Horner after they received news of the FIA’s ruling.
“We are going to go and celebrate this championship now. Thank you very much,” Horner said.