Appeal would make Mercedes look like bad losers, says Ecclestone

14 December 2021 - 08:10 By Reuters
Bernie Ecclestone says that a Mercedes appeal would make them look like bad losers.
Bernie Ecclestone says that a Mercedes appeal would make them look like bad losers.
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Lewis Hamilton was not robbed of a Formula One championship and Mercedes will look like bad losers if they appeal Max Verstappen's success, the sport's former supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Monday.

Mercedes, constructors' champions for a record eighth year in a row, had two protests dismissed after Sunday's deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and have given notice of their intention to appeal.

Red Bull's Verstappen beat Mercedes' seven-time champion Hamilton with an overtake on the last lap of the race after race director Michael Masi controversially changed the safety car procedure.

“It is a complete and utter nonsense,” Ecclestone told Sky Sports News of the suggestion Hamilton was cheated.

“I think it'd be the worst thing they could do,” the 91-year-old said of going forward with the appeal. “I mean, looks like they're bad losers.”

The Briton also said Masi had done “the right thing” and should not be blamed.


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