Mercedes have protested the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last classification, citing a breach of two articles within the Sporting Rules. It comes after a dramatic race that was received by Max Verstappen after he handed Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap to take victory – and with it a primary world title.
Hamilton had regarded the more than likely to take that all-deciding win, having fun with a cushty lead over Verstappen having commanded the race, when Nicholas Latifi crashed with six laps to go, triggering a Security Automobile.
Pink Bull referred to as Verstappen into the pits and fitted him with gentle tyres. Hamilton didn’t pit and remained on 38-lap-old arduous tyres. The race resumed with one lap to go, with Verstappen holding a major tyre benefit. He caught and handed the Mercedes driver to take victory.
Inside 30 minutes of the race ending, Mercedes launched two protests. One was “towards the classification established on the finish of the Competitors, alleged breach of Article 48.12 of the 2021 FIA
System One Sporting Rules.”
That rule reads: “If the clerk of the course considers it secure to take action, and the message ‘LAPPED CARS MAY NOW OVERTAKE’ has been despatched to all Rivals through the official messaging system, any automobiles which were lapped by the chief will likely be required to move the automobiles on the lead lap and the Security Automobile.
“This may solely apply to automobiles that had been lapped on the time they crossed the Line on the finish of the lap throughout which they crossed the primary Security Automobile line for the second time after the Security Automobile was deployed.
“Having overtaken the automobiles on the lead lap and the Security Automobile these automobiles ought to then proceed across the observe at an applicable velocity, with out overtaking, and make each effort to take up place behind the road of automobiles behind the Security Automobile.
“While they’re overtaking, and so as to guarantee this can be carried out safely, the automobiles on the lead lap should at all times keep on the racing line except deviating from it’s unavoidable.
“Except the clerk of the course considers the presence of the Security Automobile remains to be vital, as soon as the final lapped automobile has handed the chief the Security Automobile will return to the pits on the finish of the next lap.
“If the clerk of the course considers observe situations are unsuitable for overtaking the message ‘OVERTAKING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED’ will likely be despatched to all Rivals through the official messaging system.”
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In the course of the race, initially race management issued a message saying lapped automobiles wouldn’t be allowed to overhaul. On the time, 5 automobiles had been between Hamilton and Verstappen.
They then stated these 5 automobiles could be allowed to unlap themselves. By the point racing bought beneath manner, there was only one racing lap left – which was sufficient for Verstappen to catch and move Hamilton to win.
The second protest is relating to alleged breach of Article 48.eight of the Sporting Rules. This rule says “no driver might overtake one other automobile on the observe, together with the Security Automobile, till he passes the Line (see Article 5.3) for the primary time after the protection automobile has returned to the pits.”
A spokesperson from Mercedes informed the media: “As has little question been reported, we lodged a proper protest inside the required 30 minute time window after the top of the race. We won’t make any additional touch upon the element of that till the listening to has been carried out.”
In the meantime, Pink Bull Crew Principal Christian Horner stated: “We’re disenchanted there was a protest, however we belief within the FIA.”