Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was threatened with a penalty after losing his eighth world title in the final round to Dutchman Max Verstappen. In protest against the decisions made during the race in Abu Dhabi, the Briton decided not to take part in the FIA’s celebration in Paris on Thursday.
However, the rule states that the top three in the World Championship Drivers’ standings must appear. “If there is a violation, we will not forgive it. “The rules are the rules,” said the new FIA President Mohamed bin Sulayem.
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Mercedes attempted to challenge the race result at the dramatic season finale in Abu Dhabi due to two alleged violations of the FIA’s sporting regulations. It was about the crucial safety car stage in the last laps. The race hosts rejected both protests. Mercedes later decided not to take any further legal action, so the first title win for Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was official.
Bin Sulayem knows “Louis is really sad about what happened. I would say he is broken. But we have to see if there is a violation of the rules.” Longtime rally driver Ben Sulayem was elected president of the FIA, succeeding Jean Todt last Sunday.
After the events in Abu Dhabi, it seems doubtful whether Lewis Hamilton will ever return to Formula 1 again. So far, Sir Lewis has remained silent. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff, who is a confidant of Hamilton, said: “It will take a long time to comprehend what happened there. I don’t think we will ever get over it. It is not possible. Especially for him as a driver.” (AFP)
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