Mercedes will not pursue appeal against F1 title-deciding Abu Dhabi result

Mercedes have decided not to pursue their appeal against the results of the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Mercedes had two protests rejected by F1 officials on Sunday, with the team arguing race director Michael Masi did not apply the rules correctly. Mercedes had 96 hours after the race in which to lodge their appeal, which would have been heard by the FIA’s International Court of Appeal, the final appeal tribunal for international motorsport. He also did not follow the stipulations in the rules around the timing of the restart of the race once the lapped cars had been allowed through. But the FIA’s decision to launch a review of the events of the race is an effective admission that mistakes were made. The FIA’s statement did not mention Masi, whose actions in the race are at the centre of the controversy. “The decisions that have been taken in the last four minutes of this race have robbed Lewis of a deserved world championship.

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