FIA Dismiss Mercedes Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Result Protest

The Mercedes F1 Team intends to appeal the race steward’s dismissal decision

The aftermath of the debatable surface was prompt as well as will certainly proceed for the foreseeable future. The race concluded with a one-lap shootout developed by FIA Race Supervisor Michael Masi with extreme steps in quickening a safety and security vehicle reactivate. Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team submitted two protests against the final classification of the race as well as Max Verstappen. The race stewards dismissed both demonstrations.

One protest of the race outcome is straight in regards to the final safety and security vehicle restart. The team declares a breach of Article 48.12 of the 2021 FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations.

If the staff of the course considers it safe to do so, and the message “LAPPED CARS MAY CURRENTLY OVERTAKE” has been sent to all Competitors by means of the official messaging system, any type of automobiles that have actually been splashed by the leader will certainly be called for to pass the cars on the lead lap and the safety and security automobile.

This will just relate to cars and trucks that were washed at the time they crossed the Line at the end of the lap during which they went across the first Safety Car line for the second time after the safety car was released.

Having overtaken the automobiles on the lead lap and also the security automobile these autos must then continue around the track at an ideal speed, without surpassing, and make every effort to use up position at the rear of the line of cars behind the security cars and truck. Whilst they are surpassing, as well as in order to ensure this may be executed securely, the automobiles on the lead lap have to constantly stay on the racing line unless differing it is unavoidable. Unless the clerk of the program thinks about the presence of the safety car is still essential, once the last lapped car has actually passed the leader the safety auto will go back to the pits at the end of the adhering to lap.

If the clerk of the program takes into consideration track problems are unsuitable for surpassing the message “OVERTAKING WILL CERTAINLY NOT BE PERMITTED” will certainly be sent to all Rivals via the official messaging system.

The crucial areas of this regulation are that all lapped vehicles must surpass the safety and security automobile if instructed to do so and that the safety car will go back to the pits on the lap after the final lapped automobile surpasses the security automobile. The lapped cars and trucks were signaled by race control to surpass, and only the 5 lapped autos in between Hamilton and also Verstappen might do so. Likewise, the race was resumed by Michael Masi on the exact same lap.

The race guardians rejected this demonstration cities Short article 15.3 of the FIA F1 Sporting Regulations, which states the FIA Race Director has “overriding authority” to offer orders in any session. It primarily says that Michael Masi is a god-king throughout a grand prix weekend break. In the decision document, Michael Masi mentioned “that it had long been agreed by all the Teams that where feasible it was extremely preferable for the race to end in a “green” problem.”

The other protest against Max Verstappen is about his driving prior to the final reboot. The group declares a violation of Write-up 48.8 of the 2021 FIA Formula One Sporting Laws.

With the exception of the instances listed under a) to h) listed below, no chauffeur might overtake an additional car on the track, including the security cars and truck, until he passes the Line (see Short article 5.3) for the very first time after the security automobile has gone back to the pits.

The exemptions are:
a) If a driver is indicated to do so from the security automobile.
b) Under Articles 41.1 c), 48.12, 51.6 and also 51.12 listed below.
c) When getting in the pits a chauffeur might pass an additional cars and truck continuing to be on the track, including the safety and security car, after he has reached the first safety and security vehicle line.
d) When leaving the pits a vehicle driver may overtake, or be overtaken by, an additional automobile on the track before he gets to the second security car line.
e) When the safety and security automobile is going back to the pits it might be overtaken by vehicles on the track once it has actually gotten to the initial safety and security cars and truck line.
f) Whilst in the pit access, pit lane or pit leave a driver might surpass an additional automobile which is likewise in among these 3 locations.
g) Any kind of vehicle stopping in its assigned garage area whilst the safety automobile is making use of the pit lane (see Article 48.11 listed below) might be surpassed.
h) If any car slows down with an apparent issue.

In this case, the objection claims that Max Verstappen surpassed Lewis Hamilton during the security car period. The race guardians disregarded this protest too. While Verstappen briefly overtook Hamilton behind the safety auto, he lagged the Mercedes vehicle driver when the safety and security auto duration ended.

Mercedes have intents to appeal the decision. The FIA International Court of Charm will settle the allure. If the charm is dismissed, Mercedes can take its instance to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the high court for all international sport.

It is unlikely that the FIA would invalidate the decision of the F1 Race Supervisor, but CAS is independent of the FIA. The idea that the FIA gave Michael Masi the right to circumvent policies on the penultimate lap of the entire season and efficiently determine the world champion is an outright joke