Could THIS F1 rule see Lewis Hamilton crowned champion ahead of Max Verstappen as Mercedes bring in LEGAL team

MERCEDES have called in their LEGAL team as they protest the result of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mercedes are arguing against the race result after claiming officials bungled Article 48.12 of the Sporting Regulations. Stewards allowed a handful of lapped cars to overtake the safety car instead of all of them – as the rule seems to call for. Verstappen had five lapped cars between him and Hamilton but they were allowed to pass the safety car before it was withdrawn – giving the Dutchman a clear shot at the leader. “This will only apply to cars that were lapped at the time they crossed the Line at the end of the lap during which they crossed the first Safety Car line for the second time after the safety car was deployed. Mercedes are also protesting against Article 48.8, which prevents drivers from passing any other car when under safety car conditions.

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