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Red Bull Believe Verstappen Can Get Even Better

Mercedes might have agreed to drop their appeal against Red Bull winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and thus Max Verstappen claiming the title, but that doesn’t mean Toto Wolff is letting the matter slide in the court of public opinion.

The team boss has even gone as far as to say that had they appealed the decision in a regular court rather than having to do so to the FIA, the outcome would have been an open-and-closed case. “We believe we had a very strong case and if you look at it from the legal side, if it would have been judged in a regular court, it was almost guaranteed that we would have won,” he said.

There will be no change to the historic win for Verstappen in the record books though, after Mercedes’ appeals on the day were dismissed. Wolff and Lewis Hamilton both opted out of attending the FIA season finale gala, drawing praise from some quarters for their decision.

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Verstappen firmly believes Hamilton will return in 2022

World champion Max Verstappen firmly believes that Lewis Hamilton will be back on the grid for the 2022 F1 campaign, saying the Briton has “every reason” to return.

The Dutchman collected his championship trophy in Paris at the FIA’s prizegiving gala last night, and praised his rival during the pre-ceremony press conference.

“He should just look back at what he has achieved already,” Verstappen said. ““That should give him a lot of comfort and it should also be that drive to keep on going because he is still trying to challenge for that eighth title and for sure he can do that next year so I don’t see any reason to give up just now.”

Dan Austin17 December 2021 09:42

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Hamilton won’t retire, says Coulthard

Former McLaren and Red Bull driver David Coulthard says there is no danger of Lewis Hamilton retiring from Formula 1 in the wake of the world championship controversy.

Some had interpreted the seven-time world champion’s dismay at the circumstances of his defeat to Max Verstappen as an indication that he could walk away from the sport, but Channel 4 pundit Coulthard does not believe that is remotely likely.

“Hamilton’s commitment is unquestionable,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live. “He showed why he was a seven-time world champion. He’s a phenomenon and he’s an incredible sportsperson. He’s already committed to another two years. He’s a team person, he’s committed to that team and he will be there next year trying to win an eighth world title.”

Dan Austin17 December 2021 09:25

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Toto Wolff has told The Race that Mercedes would have won an appeal if they went to a court of law, rather than having to go only to the organisation they were unhappy with the actions of, the FIA.

Mercedes opted to drop their appeal against Max Verstappen winning the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the 2021 driver championship, but it’s clear that he remains displeased with the outcome because of the race director’s decision-making.

“We believe we had a very strong case and if you look at it from the legal side, if it would have been judged in a regular court, it was almost guaranteed that we would have won,” Wolff said.

“The problem with the ICA is the way it’s structured. The FIA can’t really mark their own homework and there is a difference between being right and obtaining justice.

“So there is there is a lesson to be learned: how can we ensure that, going forward, in situations like that the right decisions are being taken?

“But neither [of us] want to win a World Championship in the courtroom.”

Karl Matchett17 December 2021 09:10

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