Mercedes ‘consider SCRAPPING plans to launch a further appeal against Max Verstappen’s controversial world championship triumph as team lean towards protecting Formula One’s reputation ahead of desire to see Lewis Hamilton win an eighth title’

Mercedes are reportedly considering scrapping their plans to launch a further appeal against the controversial nature of Max Verstappen’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix win. With Hamilton seemingly easing his way to the title, Nicholas Latifi’s crash bunched the field, before the late FIA decision to take lapped cars out of the equation enabled Verstappen to make his move on the Mercedes man on the final lap. Masi had originally said that the lapped cars would not be allowed to unlap themselves but after a word from Red Bull chief Horner, Masi changed his mind, allowing the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves, wiping out the Brit’s 13-second advantage.

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