F1: Mercedes confirm they have WITHDRAWN their appeal against the FIA Max Verstappen’s title win

Mercedes have confirmed they are withdrawing their protest over Max Verstappen’s controversial drivers’ championship victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Dutchman handed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap of the final race of the season to grab the crown from underneath the Brit’s nostril following a controversial interval of working underneath the security automobile.

In fury, Mercedes had lodged an appeal over the consequence, however have now determined against the process following talks with the FIA – the governing physique of F1.

Max Verstappen celebrates winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which sealed his world title

Max Verstappen celebrates successful the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix which sealed his world title

Lewis Hamilton had looked set for a comfortable win to seal a record eighth championship

Lewis Hamilton had appeared set for a cushty win to seal a file eighth championship

Sportsmail had solely revealed on Wednesday that Hamilton had informed the crew he didn’t wish to win what would have been a file eighth world championship in court docket. 

Hamilton had been set to win comfortably at the Yas Marina circuit earlier than Nicholas Latifi’s Williams crashed with just some laps to go.

This enabled Pink Bull to pit for brisker tyres, in addition to shut a spot to Hamilton underneath the security automobile that was introduced out following the crash and prevents overtaking whereas it’s on the circuit slowing down all the drivers.

But after a controversial safety car, he was passed on the final lap by Verstappen

However after a controversial security automobile, he was handed on the ultimate lap by Verstappen

Team boss Toto Wolff immediately launched an appeal to the FIA following the race

Group boss Toto Wolff instantly launched an appeal to the FIA following the race

Nevertheless, on the penultimate lap there was a singular incidence when race director Michael Masi allowed solely the lapped drivers between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves as a substitute of the entire discipline of lapped automobiles. The method was rushed to make sure a ultimate lap sprint for the flag and in the end the title would happen between the rivals who went into the race stage on factors. 

On this state of affairs, Hamilton was a sitting duck with a lot older tyres permitting Verstappen to make a simple move on the ultimate lap to disclaim the Mercedes driver a title which might have taken him away from Michael Schumacher’s file of seven championships. 

In fury Mercedes launched two post-race inquires over separate incidents regarding the use of the security automobile that have been thrown out by the race stewards, however have been contemplating their proper to appeal.

Mercedes although have since backed down and confirmed their appeal withdrawal with a put up on Twitter, studying: ‘We left Abu Dhabi in disbelief of what we had simply witnessed. After all it is a part of the sport to lose a race, however it’s one thing totally different whenever you lose religion in racing.

Hamilton sportingly congratulates Verstappen after the race following his devastating defeat

Hamilton sportingly congratulates Verstappen after the race following his devastating defeat

The seven-time world champion remained magnanimous on a controversial evening

The seven-time world champion remained magnanimous on a controversial night

‘Collectively we have deliberated. We have at all times been guided by our love of this sport and we consider that each competitors needs to be received on benefit. In the race on Sunday many felt, us included, that the means issues unfolded was not proper.

‘The explanation we protested the race consequence on Sunday was as a result of the Security Automotive laws have been utilized in a brand new means that affected the race consequence, after Lewis had been in a commanding lead and on the right track to win the world championship.

‘We appealed in the curiosity of sporting equity, and we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Method 1 to create readability for the future, so that every one the rivals know the guidelines underneath which they are racing, and the way they might be enforced.

‘Thus, we welcome the choice by the FIA to put in a fee to completely analyse what occurred in Abu Dhabi and to enhance the robustness of the guidelines, governance and choice making of Method One. We additionally welcome that they have invited the groups and drivers to participate.

Fireworks go off at the Yas Marina circuit following Verstappen's first championship success

Fireworks go off at the Yas Marina circuit following Verstappen’s first championship success

FIA race director Michael Masi made the controversial calls behind the use of the safety car

FIA race director Michael Masi made the controversial calls behind the use of the security automobile

‘The Mercedes-AMG Petronas crew will actively work with this fee to construct a greater Method 1 – for each crew and each fan who loves this sport as a lot as we do. We are going to maintain the FIA accountable for this course of and we hereby withdraw our appeal.’

The information comes after Susie Wolff, spouse of Mercedes crew boss Toto, posted a stinging criticism of the FIA, claiming Hamilton was robbed of the world championship.

She posted on Twitter: ‘Entering into to this ultimate race weekend, I believed each groups and each drivers deserved to win. It was going to be a spectacle, an historic race that all of us hoped would finish with out controversy. That wasn’t to be.

‘What occurred remains to be laborious to grasp and leaves me with a sick feeling. Not the shedding – and never Max or Pink Bull – they are deserving winner and we at all times knew it was a powerful chance we could not win – however the means through which Lewis was robbed left me in utter disbelief.

Susie Wolff (right, with Toto)  revealed her fury at the FIA on Thursday morning on Twitter

Susie Wolff (proper, with Toto)  revealed her fury at the FIA on Thursday morning on Twitter

‘The choice of 1 individual inside the governing physique who utilized a rule in a means which has by no means been executed earlier than in F1 single handedly determined the drivers’ world championship. Guidelines are guidelines, they cannot be modified on a whim by one particular person at the finish of a race.

Wolff then went on to reward Hamilton’s dealing with of his devastating defeat, earlier than congratulating Verstappen on his title.

‘Lewis Hamilton, you have proven unbelievable integrity and dignity in the face of injustice. You might be the biggest there has ever been. The end result of the final laps on Sunday? Those that know, they know, even those that cannot fairly convey themselves to confess it.

‘Congratulations Max and congratulations to every member of Mercedes-AMG F1 in your file breaking eighth constructors’ title – I hope by March of subsequent 12 months there’s a governing physique with sporting integrity and equity at its core so I can fall again in love with F1. ‘