Mercedes stopped using wheel “spacers” due to championship concerns | 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix

Mercedes did not run its controversial rear wheel design in the last three races because it wanted to secure the points it needed to deliver the championships without the threat of a protest.
Mercedes successfully lobbied the stewards at the Mexican Grand Prix to rule the design was legal.
“We didn’t want to leave any variable in the championship where we had to just drive it home,” Toto Wolff said.
“We didn’t want to have a protest with a possible quad-ruling weeks down the line, when we deem these spacers not to be fundamentally responsible for performance,” said Toto Wolff.

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