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F1 POWER RANKINGS: Which driver finished top of the charts for the season after the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP?

Formula 1 - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 14:47
The 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Max Verstappen crowned champion in a finale that stoked opinions of fans everywhere. But what did our judges think of the last race of the season, and who ended up at the top of the leaderboard after the Yas Marina stunner?
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PALMER: Whatever you thought of the Abu Dhabi outcome, Verstappen was a worthy champion in 2021

Formula 1 - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 14:47
The dramatic late Safety Car in Abu Dhabi ended up deciding the championship, and the manner it was brought in has sparked much debate and controversy at the end of a highly dramatic season.
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Verstappen expects Hamilton will return in 2022 to pursue eighth F1 title | 2022 F1 season

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 14:03
World champion Max Verstappen expects Lewis Hamilton will return to Formula 1 in 2022 after doubt was cast over the Mercedes driver's future in the sport.
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Tamiya 2021 New Releases Recap!

Tamiya USA - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 12:00

2021 was a great year for new Tamiya product releases! Let’s take a look back at 2021, and revisit those exciting NEW releases you may have missed back when we first announced them.

Key R/C New Items 2021

RC 2020 Ford GT Mk II

RC Landfreeder Quadtrack

RC Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406

RC Wild One Off-Roader Blockhead Motors

RC Super Avante

RC TA08 PRO Chassis Kit

Key Scale Model Releases 2021

McDonnell F-4B Phantom II

Grumman F-14A Tomcat Late Model Carrier Launch Set

McLaren Senna

1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9

Nissan Fairlady 240ZG

German Tank Panzer IV Ausf.G

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Verstappen dismisses possibility of Rosberg-style retirement from Formula 1

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:35

2021 F1 world champion Max Verstappen has pledged his commitment to Formula 1, affirming that he is hungry for more titles in the pinnacle of motorsport.

Verstappen became the 34th world champion in the history of F1 at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last weekend, and reinforced his desire to remain in the sport for as long as he can.

Felt really good to come home to a factory of World Champions

Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome today and more importantly for your hard work over the past year pic.twitter.com/sex1cJGbJK

— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) December 15, 2021

“Quitting is never an option,” Verstappen said, quashing any possibility of him retiring on one title.

He continued: “I’m happy to be in Formula 1 and overjoyed to be World Champion. I hope to be able to continue driving for many years to come.”

Speaking about his chances of winning more world titles, Verstappen conceded that it takes more than just talent and racing prowess to become a multiple world champion.

As such, he is pleased with what he has already achieved.

“You certainly need a bit of luck to win the title several times in a row. I have now achieved everything that is possible. Everything that follows now is a bonus.”

Verstappen’s sportsmanship has at times been called into question in 2021 following a handful of polemic incidents with title rival Sir Lewis Hamilton. The pair clashed at the British Grand Prix in July, before a further nasty-looking crash at the Italian Grand Prix further raised tensions between Red Bull and Mercedes.

READ: Gasly ‘really happy’ with Abu Dhabi finish after being ‘on the edge’

Verstappen then forced Hamilton off the circuit in both Brazil and Saudi Arabia, with the latter race playing host to a bizarre braking incident as the Dutchman attempted to allow the seven-time world champion by.

Asked about any adaptations to his approach, Verstappen said he has no intention of giving in to public opinion.

“Well, I don’t plan to change,” he said. “I always want to remain myself. The real Max, who is always straightforward and always honest.”

Verstappen won 10 races in 2021, and passed Hamilton on the final lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to become champion.

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Leclerc tests positive for COVID-19 for second time in 2021

Motorsport.com - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:24
It is the second time this year that the Monegasque driver has tested positive, having also contracted the virus in January after coming into close contact with another case.
The Ferrari Formula 1 driver is suffering from mild symptoms but "feeling fine" and will self-isolate at home.
In a statement, the team tweeted: "Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow driver Charles Leclerc has tested ...Keep reading
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Gasly ‘really happy’ with Abu Dhabi finish after being ‘on the edge’

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:15

Frenchman Pierre Gasly was pleased with his fifth-placed finish in the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, after spending much of the race weekend “on the edge.”

A late Safety Car caused plenty of confusion as only five lapped cars were allowed through, allowing Max Verstappen to take the title from Sir Lewis Hamilton.

As a result of the chaos, Gasly was not entirely sure what was happening on the final lap, but enjoyed it all the same.

“I had an Aston Martin and a Haas, but other guys came by. I didn’t really understand it all but I just tried to pass as many cars as I could on the last lap and managed to get another top five, so I was very very happy with that,” Gasly said.

Officially finished 2021 season was awesome from the first day. Thanks to everyone who was involved and who supported us!! i will miss this office. pic.twitter.com/K9TlvFSogY

— PIERRE GASLY (@PierreGASLY) December 15, 2021

Having struggled with balance of his AlphaTauri on Friday and Saturday, the Frenchman spoke of his car’s improvements on Sunday.

“[The car was] a little bit [better], but I must say it was very difficult to drive, it was sliding a lot, I was on the edge all the time and it was clearly not the best car I have had this season,” he said.

Despite the struggles all weekend, the 25-year-old highlighted the importance of making the best out of a difficult situation.

“The balance was far from what I would have liked but that’s how it is sometimes and at the end of the day, once you’re in the race, you just have to do the best you can with what you have and with your tools, with the driving and everything I do, the corners, the trajectories, everything, I try to maximise it and that’s why I think I’m really happy with the position that we finished in.”

READ: Seidl: ‘We thank Daniel and Lando for their hard work’

Reviewing his haul of 10 points in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Gasly is proud of his endeavour and particularly his overtake on Fernando Alonso.

“I can’t be happier than that to have come back in this way, we took every opportunity, we tried different strategies, I managed to overtake Fernando, even if it was difficult today,”

Gasly finished in the top five on five occasions in 2021, and was proud to get a top-five finish in the curtain-closer at the Yas Marina Circuit.

“I struggled a lot, it wasn’t easy, but I gave it my all and to finish such an incredible season with another top five, having increased our points in the Championship – we came close to Alpine, it’s always difficult to see such a margin after 22 races – but overall what we achieved as a team, when you look at all the previous years of AlphaTauri and Toro Rosso, it’s incredible.”

Gasly, who re-joined the team (which was called Scuderia Toro Rosso at the time) after a torrid half-season with Red Bull in 2019, also spoke of his admiration for his AlphaTauri colleagues.

“So I’m really proud of these guys. And I’m also hopeful for next year and what we can achieve because they have proved this year that they can perform at very high levels.”

Gasly will begin his fourth full season in Formula 1 in 2022, and his third with the AlphaTauri team.

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Ricciardo "clearly" needs to make another step in F1 2022

Motorsport.com - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 10:57
The Australian struggled for most of this year to get onto terms with teammate Lando Norris, especially over one lap in qualifying, which in turn made his life harder in races.
While his form improved and victory in the Italian GP was an obvious high, Ricciardo finished the season in eighth place on 115 points, 45 behind his teammate, and only five ahead of AlphaTauri's Pierre ...Keep reading
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Seidl: ‘We thank Daniel and Lando for their hard work’

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 10:51

McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl has spoken of his pride at the Woking-based team’s efforts during the 2021 season, labelling it “one of the most exciting seasons” in the history of Formula 1.

Lando Norris finished seventh, while his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo struggled to 12th in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, diminishing McLaren’s already-dim chances of beating Ferrari to third in the Constructors’ Standings.

Seidl, however, was focusing on the positives of 2021.

“We end a positive season with a tricky and dramatic race. Lando did well to bring the car home in the points after plenty of disruption towards the end of the race,” he said.

“Unfortunately, for Daniel, the timing of the Safety Car limited his opportunity to fight with the Alpines. We thank Daniel and Lando for their hard work this year.

“They’ve helped us score the most points since 2012, secured five podiums, and achieved our first win in nine years.”

Seidl was also eager to recognise the efforts of everyone at the team following the 22-race season – the longest in the sport’s history.

“I’d also like to thank several groups of people for their commitment and dedication after this long season.

“Our race team, who spend their weekends away and sacrifice special moments with loved ones in service to the team, chasing performance at every opportunity, and our team back in Woking for their dedication and support around the clock to put us in the best possible position to perform on track.

“We’re also lucky to have two fantastic simulator and development drivers in Oliver Turvey and Will Stevens. With so many new circuits this year, their work has been even more important.

“To our fans, whose support we feel all around the world, and are the reason we do what we do: we thank you for your continued passion and friendship and we hope you’ve enjoyed following our journey this year.

“To our sponsors, without whom we simply wouldn’t be able to go racing: we value our partnerships and look forward to enjoying more success with you in the near future,” Seidl added.

Despite the highly controversial end to the title-deciding 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Seidl appreciated the efforts of the FIA to create an entertaining season of racing.

4️⃣ pic.twitter.com/ItIEsEIsJf

— Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) December 12, 2021

“To F1 and the FIA, who have worked exceptionally hard to deliver this season under tricky circumstances: that work has been rewarded with one of the most exciting seasons in memory.

“At the same time, we thank the outgoing FIA President Jean Todt for his service to our sport and wish his successor well.”

The 45-year-old believes his team did a marvellous job of coping with the switch from Renault to Mercedes power this season – the first time McLaren have used Mercedes engines since 2014.

“Coming into the 2021 season, one of the biggest changes for our team was the change of engine supplier. With the help of Mercedes HPP, we’ve been able to successfully implement this new power unit into our car, helping us deliver our first win since 2012.

READ: Formula 1 to conduct ‘analysis’ on Abu Dhabi Safety Car restart

“We also thank Pirelli for their hard work and collaboration, all while developing brand new 18-inch tyres for the new regulations next year.”

He concluded: “Finally, it’s been an incredibly exciting year of Formula 1, and as a team we’re proud of the progress we’re making and the journey we’re on. We’re ready to take on the new regulations in 2022 as we embark on this new era of Formula 1.”

Norris and Ricciardo managed five podiums between them this year, finish sixth and eighth in the Drivers’ Championship, respectively.

Ricciardo’s victory at the 2021 Italian Grand Prix was the team’s first P1 finish since the Brazilian Grand Prix of 2012.

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Race-by-race: How Verstappen prevailed over Hamilton in tightest title fight for years | 2021 F1 season review

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 10:04
There were 21 other dramatic chapters in the championship fight between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton which came to a controversial end at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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Formula 1 to conduct ‘analysis’ on Abu Dhabi Safety Car restart

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 09:41

Formula 1 has announced it will investigate the highly controversial Safety Car restart that ultimately decided the 2021 championship.

With Sir Lewis Hamilton leading Max Verstappen by a comfortable margin in the dying laps of the title-decider last weekend, a Nicholas Latifi crash prompted a late Safety Car.

In the event that the race would not be restarted, Mercedes decided not to pit Hamilton in order to maintain track position – confident there would be insufficient time to allow lapped cars through.

Race director Michael Masi initially ruled that lapped car would not be allowed by, before suddenly decreeing ahead of the final lap that only the five cars between Hamilton and Verstappen would be let past. The others, however, were left in the midst of the pack.

READ: ‘I can be a forgiving person’ – Verstappen on Mercedes appeal

This allowed Verstappen to pass Hamilton on the very last lap of the race, claiming the championship and sparking ire among Mercedes and many fans.

Mercedes protested Verstappen’s Safety Car restart as well as Masi’s decisions leading up to the final lap, but they were rejected.

Mercedes later lodged an intention to appeal, before announcing that they wouldn’t be appealing the results of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP.

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo was one of the lapped cars not allowed through, and was thus denied a chance to climb into the points.

He took to the radio after the race to say: “I’m glad I’m not part of that, whatever just happened. Seemed, uh, pretty f***** up.”

The FIA later released a statement that they intend to investigate the chain of events that led to the contentious end to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“The circumstances surrounding the use of the Safety Car following the incident of driver Nicholas Latifi, and the related communications between the FIA Race Direction team and the Formula 1 teams, have notably generated significant misunderstanding and reactions from Formula 1 teams, drivers and fans, an argument that is currently tarnishing the image of the Championship and the due celebration of the first Drivers’ World Championship title won by Max Verstappen and the eighth consecutive Constructors’ World Championship title won by Mercedes.

pic.twitter.com/uV83r7a2oZ

— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 12, 2021

“This matter will be discussed and addressed with all the teams and drivers to draw any lessons from this situation and clarity to be provided to the participants, media, and fans about the current regulations to preserve the competitive nature of our sport while ensuring the safety of the drivers and officials.

“It is not only Formula 1 that may benefit from this analysis, but also more generally all the other FIA circuit championships.

“Following that presentation and an extensive discussion, the World Council has decided to unanimously support the President’s proposal.

“The FIA will therefore do its utmost to have this in motion within the Formula 1 governance and will propose to the Formula 1 Commission to give a clear mandate for study and proposal to the Sporting Advisory Committee, with the support of Formula 1 drivers, so that any identified meaningful feedback and conclusions be made before the beginning of the 2022 season.”

Verstappen will be crowned champion at tonight’s FIA Prize-Giving Gala in Paris.

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‘If you look too far back, you’ll get a sore neck’ – Ricciardo

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 09:32

Daniel Ricciardo has maintained that he does not have any regrets about leaving Red Bull at the end of 2018.

Max Verstappen became the first-ever Dutch F1 world champion after winning Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, having signed with the Milton Keynes-based outfit in 2016 and raced alongside Ricciardo for two-and-a-half years.

The Australian, who won seven races with Red Bull, insisted before the start of the weekend there are no hard feelings between himself and his former employers.

“Looking at Max this year, I 100 percent don’t feel any envy, jealousy or weirdness to him or the team. Weirdly enough, I’d be very, very happy for them!” Ricciardo told ESPN ahead of the season finale.

READ: ‘They don’t want to look like bad losers’: Mercedes to ‘back off’ from appeal

Ricciardo suffered eight retirements in his final year at Red Bull with six of them arriving through mechanical failures.

Red Bull’s switch to Honda power the year following Ricciardo’s departure saw a massive pace improvement for Red Bull, but he has not put any thought into what he could have achieved had he been at the team in 2021.

“I don’t have any [regrets]. People probably thought ‘I wonder what Daniel thought this year, would he also have been fighting for a championship?

“Up until right now I haven’t actually thought about that. I think it’s hard to answer in a way that… the easiest way to say it is, I really did, and not in a negative way, I detached myself from it.”

The 32-year-old spent two years with Renault, scoring two podiums during the 2020 season, before joining McLaren in 2021, winning in Monza and finishing eighth in the Drivers’ Standings.

Once he left Red Bull, his gaze immediately turned to his future, he said.

“Once I closed the book with Red Bull I really tried to put all my energy into the next part. I really didn’t have any over-hanging, like, what could’ve, what should’ve.

“I remember through the decision process I even told myself, ‘can I live with myself if, in 2019, Red Bull win the championship? How is that going to make me feel?'”

Fresh kicks for @DanielRicciardo. pic.twitter.com/wiCxtG3ZwY

— McLaren (@McLarenF1) December 14, 2021

Ricciardo was out-qualified 34 times in 58 races while partnering the Dutchman, and said of his switch to Renault that everything has a purpose.

“So I’d already addressed those things. And now we’re obviously a few years removed from that. I definitely don’t have any… I’m not really that spiritual or whatever you wanna call it, but I do think things happen for a reason.”

As a result, he does not feel that staying at the team would have yielded a more positive outcome.

“From that I don’t really feel like if I stayed maybe things would have been different. I don’t really feel that. I don’t think like oh ‘what could have been, I could have been double world champ by now’, or whatever. I used to think like that when I was younger but I feel like obviously the decision I made, I gave a lot of thought and I had to move on with that.”

He also revealed some advice from his father, telling him to spend no time dwelling on the past.

“This wasn’t even for that specific situation, but my dad told me something when I was young. He said ‘if you look too far back, you’ll get a sore neck’. It’s true, once you make a decision and once you make a decision you thought long and hard about, I think it’s important that you move forward with that”.

Ricciardo will enter his eleventh full season in Formula 1 next year, and is out of contract with McLaren at the end of 2022.

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Mercedes skip FIA Champions’ photoshoot

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 09:00

Neither the Mercedes Formula 1 nor Formula E teams made an appearance at the pre-ceremony photoshoot on Tuesday night, ahead of the FIA Prize-Giving Gala on Thursday.

Mercedes claimed their eighth straight Formula 1 Constructors Championship along with both the Team and Drivers’ Championships in Formula E. 

The Mercedes-EQ Formula E Team is now a double World Champion as Nyck de Vries wins the Drivers' Title and the team taking home the Teams' Championship. This is a win for our ambition towards an all-electric future.#WeDriveTheCity
: @MercedesEQFE, @nyckdevries, @svandoorne pic.twitter.com/gFGJQvUPno

— Mercedes-Benz UK (@MercedesBenzUK) August 17, 2021

However, as of Tuesday, the team were still in the midst of the process to appeal protests lodged after the controversial ending of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP. The two protests launched by the team were dismissed but the Silver Arrows had until Thursday to file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). 

Incidentally that happens to be the day of the FIA Prize Giving Gala. 

However, on Thursday morning, Mercedes released a statement saying they would be withdrawing their appeal.

The team said that they “appealed in the interest of sporting fairness, and we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Formula 1 to create clarity for the future, so that all competitors know the rules under which they are racing, and how they will be enforced.”

READ: ‘They don’t want to look like bad losers’: Mercedes to ‘back off’ from appeal

Continuing, they said: “Thus, we welcome the decision by the FIA to install a commission to thoroughly analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi and to improve the robustness of rules, governance and decision making in Formula 1.

“We also welcome that they have invited the teams and drivers to take part.
 
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team will actively work with this commission to build a better Formula 1 – for every team and every fan who loves this sport as much as we do.

“We will hold the FIA accountable for this process and we hereby withdraw our appeal.”

Verstappen will collect his first World Drivers’ Championship trophy in Paris on Thursday. Red Bull are celebrating their first Driver’s Championship since Sebastian Vettel won the F1 crown in 2013. 

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Wolff has "no interest" in talking to Masi after F1 finale controversy

Motorsport.com - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 08:29
Wolff remains angry about Masi's handling of the safety car restart in the closing stages of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which opened the door for Max Verstappen to grab the victory he needed for the crown.
The team believes that Masi's choice to select which backmarkers could unlap themselves, as well as the timing of the restart, were a clear breach of the regulations.
A protest lodged on ...Keep reading
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Mercedes hopes "disillusioned" Hamilton doesn't walk from F1

Motorsport.com - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 08:14
Hamilton was on course to take an eighth F1 drivers' title until the final five laps of the Yas Marina climax to a hotly contested 2021 season, which tipped the race on its head and allowed Max Verstappen to clinch his maiden title.
Although Mercedes protested the results and appealed the decision to throw that protest out, the team has since elected to withdraw its appeal.
Wolff explained ...Keep reading
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Wolff hopes Hamilton will continue in F1 after “pain” of title loss | 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 07:42
Lewis Hamilton's future in Formula 1 is uncertain following the "pain" of his championship defeat last weekend, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has admitted.
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Hamilton was “robbed” of championship win by F1 race director Masi – Wolff | 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

F1Fanatic - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 07:14
Lewis Hamilton was robbed of the 2021 world championship by FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi's handling of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, says Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff.
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Hamilton, Wolff won't attend FIA prize-giving gala

Motorsport.com - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 07:11
While Mercedes has elected to drop its appeal into the FIA's handling of the late-race safety car restart in the F1 season finale, the German car manufacturer remains deeply unhappy about the way the events were handled.
Mercedes had already elected not to send its championship-winning F1 and Formula E cars to Paris for pre-gala photographs, and it has now been confirmed that neither Hamilton ...Keep reading
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Mercedes withdraw Abu Dhabi appeal, congratulate Verstappen on championship

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:40

Mercedes have decided to withdraw their appeal against the result of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, confirming Max Verstappen as champion.

Sir Lewis Hamilton and Verstappen entered the final round of the season level on points following a thrilling season of racing, and Verstappen took pole for the final grand prix of 2021.

Hamilton flew past him at the start and, despite Sergio Perez’s best efforts, was comfortably leading out front.

With a handful of laps remaining, however, Williams’ Nicholas Latifi put his car in the wall and brought out the Safety Car, allowing the Dutchman to pit for a fresh set of soft tyres.

Concerned about the possibility of the race not restarting, Mercedes opted not to pit Hamilton in order to maintain track position. They were also confident that lapped cars would have insufficient time to pass the Safety Car.

Race director Michael Masi initially ruled that none of the lapped cars in the field would be permitted to go through, but following pressure from Red Bull, Masi made an unprecedented decision.

READ: ‘I can be a forgiving person’ – Verstappen on Mercedes appeal

He let the five cars between Verstappen and Hamilton go through, but due to time constraints held the rest of the lapped runners – this seemed to be in contradiction of Formula 1’s regulations.

Verstappen then passed Hamilton on the final lap, winning the championship as a result.

Mercedes protested the stewards’ decisions, as well as what they believed was an illegal restart by Verstappen, but saw both of them denied.

Moments later, they lodged an intention to appeal, but they have today withdrawn this.

In a statement, the Mercedes F1 Team said: “We left Abu Dhabi in disbelief of what we had just witnessed. Of course, it’s part of the game to lose a race, but it’s something different when you lose faith in racing.
 
“Together with Lewis, we have deliberated carefully over how to respond to the events at the Formula 1 season finale.

“We have always been guided by our love of this sport and we believe that every competition should be won on merit. In the race on Sunday many felt, us included, that the way things unfolded was not right.
 
“The reason we protested the race result on Sunday was because the Safety Car regulations were applied in a new way that affected the race result, after Lewis had been in a commanding lead and on course to win the World Championship.”

Team Statement – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix pic.twitter.com/tgrBjrNkcz

— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) December 16, 2021

Continuing, the Silver Arrows stressed that they “appealed in the interest of sporting fairness, and we have since been in a constructive dialogue with the FIA and Formula 1 to create clarity for the future, so that all competitors know the rules under which they are racing, and how they will be enforced.

“Thus, we welcome the decision by the FIA to install a commission to thoroughly analyse what happened in Abu Dhabi and to improve the robustness of rules, governance and decision making in Formula 1.

“We also welcome that they have invited the teams and drivers to take part.
 
“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team will actively work with this commission to build a better Formula 1 – for every team and every fan who loves this sport as much as we do.

“We will hold the FIA accountable for this process and we hereby withdraw our appeal.”

Congratulations, Max!

Mercedes also took the opportunity to finally congratulate Verstappen and Red Bull on winning the 2021 Drivers’ Championship.

“To Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing: we would like to express our sincere respect for your achievements this season,” they added in their statement.

“You made this Formula 1 Championship title fight truly epic. Max, we congratulate you and your entire team. We look forward to taking the fight to you on the track next season.
 
“And lastly, even though this Drivers’ Championship did not end the way we hoped, we could not be prouder of our team.
 
“Lewis, you are the greatest racer in the history of Formula 1 and you drove your heart out for every lap of this incredible season. You’re a flawless sportsman on and off the track and you delivered a faultless performance. As a pure competitor and as a role model for millions around the world, we salute you.
 
“Valtteri, you have been such an important part of this team, delivering five Constructors’ Championships in five seasons. Thank you for your remarkable contribution to our motorsport history. Kiitos, Valtteri.
 
“Finally, to every one of the skilled and passionate women and men of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team in Brackley and High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth: you’ve written an historic chapter in the Silver Arrow story by winning the eighth Constructors’ Championship – in a row.

“This is an unprecedented achievement. In simple words: it’s awesome. You are awesome,” they concluded.

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‘I can be a forgiving person’ – Verstappen on Mercedes appeal

Formula1news.co.uk - Thu, 12/16/2021 - 05:09

Max Verstappen remains undeterred by threats of a Mercedes appeal against the 2021 world championship, maintaining that it will not stop him feeling like the world champion.

Verstappen became the first Dutch champion in Formula 1 history last weekend, after a late Safety Car led to a controversial and race-altering decision by race director Michael Masi.

Masi allowed five lapped cars to pass Sir Lewis Hamilton, giving Verstappen, who had pitted for fresh tyres, a clear path to dispatch Hamilton on the final lap and earn his first title.

Mercedes protested Masi’s decisions after the race and, upon seeing their protests rejected, lodged their intention to formally appeal the result.

READ: ‘They don’t want to look like bad losers’: Mercedes to ‘back off’ from appeal

Commenting on the appeal and the risk of him being stripped of his F1 crown, Verstappen said: “Well, I’m fine. I don’t even think about it too much, because I do feel like the world champion, and it doesn’t matter what they try to do.”

The 24-year-old said that the threat of an appeal is not on his mind, and that his victory was a fair one.

“We won it on track, we won it when there was a green flag, green light, and we passed them on track.

“They will never be able to take that away from me anyway, but also about the possible appeal or whatever, I’m not busy with that. As a team, it can be disturbing but, for us, we have been really enjoying the last few days.”

Asked about his relationship with Mercedes, Verstappen said he will not hold the appeal over the German manufacturer, and has no interest in sparking further debate.

“I think I can be a forgiving person or whatever but, at the moment, it’s still so new from the season that it’s better not to talk about it too much.”

Verstappen also confirmed that he never lost any respect for anyone at Mercedes, citing a dinner he had sat next to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff.

“But, for example, I saw Toto in Monaco, before Saudi Arabia, I had dinner and he was sitting at the table next to me, and we had a chat.”

How it started how it’s going

Took a few days to let what happened last Sunday sink in. Thank you to everyone for all your support and kind messages pic.twitter.com/i2kplMU4NY

— Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) December 14, 2021

The new world champion empathises with Wolff’s unsavoury reaction to the final moments of the race in Abu Dhabi, but suggested that the Austrian should let it go.

“He’s flat out for his team and I know that my team also does everything they can but, besides that, I do think you should be accepting a loss. It doesn’t matter how much it hurts.”

He also commented that appealing a race result is not an avenue his Red Bull team would go down, saying: “I do think there that there is a bit of a difference between the teams.”

Mercedes have not publicly congratulated Verstappen on his success since they are appealing the result in a bid to get a record eighth title for Hamilton, and Verstappen is unmoved.

“Well, no, it’s not surprising, just because of how the season already panned out up until the last race.

“It’s just another bit. I mean, my view will not change. It’s pretty much the same.”

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