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Verstappen is F1 champion but Mercedes legal battle ahead

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Formula 1 could be set for a chaotic and extended legal battle after Mercedes confirmed on Sunday night to appeal the result of a dramatic season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Williams F1 racing driver Nicholas Latifi’s crash eventually gifted to Max Verstappen winning the Formula 1 world drivers title with victory in Abu Dhabi.

Literally Latifi’s crash incident was decided the champion of the world – the Williams F1 driver Latafi’s tiny mistake into the turn 14 barrier on lap 53 produced a Safety Car period at the end of the race, which has made a controversial conclusion to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The final Safety Car session open an opportunity for Verstappen to stop and put fresher tyre, even as Mercedes opt to stay on track, because expect the race will end with Safety Car.

SC deployed for removing the crashed car and clean the debris, the normal procedure is to allow all the lapped cars to pass the safety car before it pulls in, so that the leaders can have a clear run at each other.

Race director Michael Masi primarily said lapped cars would not be allowed to overtake, Red Bull complained against this decision, following Masi changed his mind and let those five cars overtake – but not the other three. This decision put Verstappen and Hamilton together but left two lapped cars between third-placed Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari and Verstappen and one between Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes and Yuki Tsunoda’s Alpha Tauri.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff when he complained over the radio immediately after the flag. “It’s called a motor race, Toto,” he said. Some senior figures were aghast at the manner and content of that remark.

SC withdrawn by Masi, and the race was restarted with one lap to go and the predictable happened. Verstappen, with so much extra grip with fresher soft tyre, overtook Hamilton into Turn Five. Hamilton tried to get him back down with 44 lap old tyre in the two subsequent straights but was never likely to.

The world championship results turned the plate – as a result of a questionable call from the race director.

After the race, Mercedes made two protests against the final SC incident, both complaints are rejected by FIA. Following Mercedes informed the FIA late on Sunday of their intention to appeal those decisions and have 96hrs in which to lodge it.

It’s disappointing end – Latifi

“It was a tough race out there today and we were struggling for pace throughout,” Latifi explained. “Towards the end of the grand prix I was racing with Mick Schumacher and was forced slightly wide, but fairly, at turn nine.

“My tyres got dirty from running off track and I subsequently made a small mistake and unfortunately crashed. This obviously wasn’t how I wanted to end our season, so it’s disappointing.”

George Russell, a Mercedes driver next year, said: “Max is an absolutely fantastic driver who has had an incredible season and I have nothing but huge respect for him, but what just happened is absolutely unacceptable. I cannot believe what we’ve just seen.”

Asked if he understood the decision taken by Mercedes – who had a barrister present at the hearing – to launch their initial appeals, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner replied: “It obviously felt a little bit desperate but we didn’t want it to finish in front of the stewards.

“We never wanted to end up in front of the stewards, there was obviously a lot of debate before the race.

“As it turns out it was obviously very different after the race, we don’t go racing with barristers and so on – it was a shame it ended up there but the stewards made the right call.

“We have talked about ‘let them race’, Niki Lauda was the guy who pushed hard for it and we’ve always talked about not finishing racing under safety cars, the race director in difficult circumstances made absolutely the right call and strategically we got it right.

“If they appeal, they appeal. We’ll fight them in the appeal court and then in the legal court after that if they were to go that route.”

Horner also admitted it had been a topsy-turvy day for the team after Hamilton had looked set to coast to the title at more than one point.

“It was an emotional roller coaster,” he added. “It started with a bad start, Lewis making a great start and they had a bit more pace than us today.

“They elected to do a one-stop, we went onto the two-stop and then when Latifi crashed we elected to take another set of tyres.

“They got the race going again and Max had to make it count, he had one lap to do it and he nailed it. So the elation of that moment…and then obviously the summons start coming through for the safety car and another one for other stuff.

“It has been a tense couple of hours but hats off to the FIA and the stewards who I believe have made the right decisions today.”

2022 F1

F1 Championship Points Standing – After Imola GP

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2022 F1 Drivers Championship Standing after F1 Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Driver Team Points
1Charles LeclercFerrari86
2Max VerstappenRed Bull59
3Sergio PerezRed Bull54
4George RussellWilliams49
5Carlos SainzFerrari38
6Lando NorrisMcLaren35
7Lewis HamiltonMercedes28
8Valtteri BottasMercedes24
9Esteban OconAlpine20
10Kevin MagnussenHaas15
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren11
12Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri10
13Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri6
14Fernando AlonsoAlpine2
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo1
16Alex AlbonWilliams1
17Lance StrollAston Martin1
18Mick SchumacherHaas0
19Sebastian VettelAston Martin0
20Nicholas LatifiWilliams0

2022 F1 Teams Championship Standing after F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

Pos Team Points
1Ferrari124
2Red Bull113
3Mercedes77
4McLaren46
5Alfa Romeo25
6Alpine22
7AlphaTauri16
8Haas15
9Aston Martin5
10Williams1

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Race results – F1 Imola Emilia Romagna GP

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Defending world champion Max Verstappen has won at Imola for the second season in a row ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez, Red Bull made 1-2 finish as leaders Ferrari’s home Grand Prix turned into a terrible for the Italian outfit.

Pos Driver Team LapsTimePoints
1Max VerstappenRed Bull631:32:07.98626
2Sergio PerezRed Bull63+16.527s18
3Lando NorrisMcLaren63+34.834s15
4George RussellMercedes63+42.506s12
5Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo63+43.181s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari63+56.072s8
7Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri63+61.110s6
8Sebastian VettelAston Martin63+70.892s4
9Kevin Magnussen Haas63+75.260s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin62+1 lap1
11Alex Albon Williams62+1 lap0
12Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri62+1 lap0
13Lewis HamiltonMercedes62+1 lap0
14Esteban OconAlpine62+1 lap0
15Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo62+1 lap0
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams62+1 lap0
17Mick SchumacherHaas62+1 lap0
18Daniel RicciardoMcLaren62+1 lap0
19Fernando AlonsoAlpine6DNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrari0DNF0

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Hamilton and Wolff spotted in heated conversation after Imola disaster

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Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

During Emilia Romagna Grand Prix post qualifying session, Sir Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff was seen engaging in a heated conversation, the Brit was eliminated from Q2 on Friday.

Bothe Hamilton and Wolff be found to be holding heated conversations in the Mercedes garage just after the Brit crashed out of Q2 at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was another poor results, which was resulted P13 in for sprint race at Imola.

On the incident with Wolff, Hamilton said: “It’s all internal stuff. I’d rather not share that. But yeah we’ll keep working, it is what it is. Each weekend is a rescue.

“It wasn’t a great session. Yeah. Naturally, it’s disappointing. We came here with optimism and we know everyone is working really hard at the factory and when things don’t come together it’s disappointing. I think we under-performed as a team today.

“There are things that we should have done and didn’t do. Anyway, we will work as hard as we can to move up in the sprint race. Hopefully tomorrow is better, weather-wise, and who knows, maybe we can work our way forwards.”

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Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

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