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BREAKING: Mercedes to appeal Verstappen’s Abu Dhabi F1 win

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Mercedes are contesting the dramatic safety car procedure that allowed one final opportunity for Verstappen to overtake Hamilton to clinch the world championship.

INCREDIBLE SCENES AS MAX VERSTAPPEN SNATCHES F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON FINAL LAP

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Verstappen took advantage of a safety car after Nicholas Latifi crashed, with the race director instructing only certain “lapped” cars to go past Hamilton. It resulted in competitive race conditions for the two title contenders to battle it out under a green light for one final lap.

Verstappen and Hamilton, who went into the race level on points, went wheel to wheel to the chequered flag with the Dutchman edging the race.

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Until then, Hamilton had been coasting, his eighth world title seemingly in the bag, but Red Bull then received an unlikely “miracle” after Latifi crashed.

It allowed Red Bull to enforce a pit stop for Verstappen, who put on fresh tyres, while Hamilton didn’t pit as Mercedes didn’t want him to lose pole position if the race ended under the safety car.

Although Red Bull and Verstappen celebrated the Dutch driver’s maiden title, Mercedes have reportedly lodged an appeal against the result.

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Dramatic scenes as Mercedes lodge two appeals

“Mercedes have protested ‘against the classification established at the end of the Competition’, relating to alleged breaches of Articles 48.8 and 48.12 of the FIA Sporting Regulations,” Formula One tweeted.  

When racing resumed for the 58th and closing lap Verstappen barged past Hamilton to take the chequered flag and the title. 

FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX 2021 – RACE RESULT

POS NO DRIVER CAR LAPS TIME/RETIRED PTS
1 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 58 1:30:17.345 26
2 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 58 +2.256s 18
3 55 Carlos Sainz FERRARI 58 +5.173s 15
4 22 Yuki Tsunoda ALPHATAURI HONDA 58 +5.692s 12
5 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 58 +6.531s 10
6 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 58 +7.463s 8
7 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 58 +59.200s 6
8 14 Fernando Alonso ALPINE RENAULT 58 +61.708s 4
9 31 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 58 +64.026s 2
10 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 58 +66.057s 1
11 5 Sebastian Vettel ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 58 +67.527s
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo MCLAREN MERCEDES 57 +1 lap
13 18 Lance Stroll ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES 57 +1 lap
14 47 Mick Schumacher HAAS FERRARI 57 +1 lap
15 11 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA 55 DNF
NC 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 50 DNF
NC 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 33 DNF
NC 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 26 DNF
NC 7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 25 DNF

Max Verstappen wins WDC

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