Max Verstappen clinched the F1 world championship title on the Yas Marina circuit after race director Michael Masi elected to restart the race with one lap to go following a short security automobile interval triggered by a crash from Williams’ Nicholas Latifi.
The Purple Bull driver had been switched on to comfortable tyres for the ultimate shootout lap, whereas Hamilton was powerless to withstand him as he was on well-used laborious tyres.
Mercedes protested the FIA’s name to restart the race with one lap to go, claiming that the rules stipulated it couldn’t start once more till after the next lap as soon as backmarkers had been instructed to unlap themselves.
Following a prolonged stewards’ listening to, the FIA rejected Mercedes’ complaints – stating that Masi had the common proper to resolve when the security automobile got here in, and claiming the rules that stipulated the ‘following lap’ are overruled by different clauses.
Talking within the wake of the FIA stewards’ determination, Horner welcomed the decision – and made clear that his crew had had no want for the championship to finish within the stewards’ room.
Requested if he understood why Mercedes lodged its complaints, Horner mentioned: “It clearly felt a bit of bit determined. However we did not need it to complete in entrance of the stewards.
“They have been nice rivals this yr. And Lewis has been an outstanding driver. It is had its moments, it has been tense. It has been powerful. However we’re simply delighted with the result. And really pleased with Max tonight. He has been phenomenal all yr.”
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Horner mentioned he had no doubts that Masi made the correct name in making an attempt to get the race operating once more, reasonably than it ending behind the security automobile.
“We by no means wished to finish up in entrance of the stewards,” he mentioned. “There was clearly plenty of debate earlier than the race however, because it turned out, it was clearly very totally different after the race.
“However we do not go racing with barristers, and so forth. It was a disgrace that it ended up there, however the stewards made the correct name.”
Horner mentioned that Masi had once more proven a want to comply with the ‘allow them to race’ mantra in his determination to convey the security automobile in earlier than the ultimate lap.
“We have talked about allow them to race,” added Horner. “, Niki Lauda was the man that pushed laborious for it. And we have at all times talked about not ending races beneath security automobiles.
“The race director, in tough circumstances, made completely the correct name as we speak. And, you already know, strategically we received it proper.”