Because of Lewis Hamilton: 50,000 signatures against FIA

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The sting is still deep in many Hamilton supporters: Patel Gordon-Bennett has founded a signature campaign to express the displeasure of the fans. That won’t change anything about the World Cup result.

Many Formula 1 fans are apparently still convinced that not everything turned out right at the World Cup final in Abu Dhabi. Patel Gordon-Bennett launched a signature campaign on the change.org portal, and more than 50,000 people have signed there. But of course it is clear: No matter how many people sign there, nothing will change in the World Cup result. Even if Gordon-Bennett writes in the title of her petition: “The decision of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix should not be overturned. Lewis should be the winner. “

Gordon-Bennett justified the creation of the petition as follows: «I believe that on Sunday 12 December 2021 justice was not served when the race stewards prevented Lewis Hamilton from winning the Abu Dhabi GP. With less than one lap to go, drivers lapped were allowed to overtake the safety car. That does not correspond to the rules in Formula 1 sport. “

“This gave Hamilton’s opponent Max Verstappen the opportunity to overtake Lewis and win. If you stand up for justice, honesty and fairness, please sign this petition. If the decision stands, we are sending the wrong message to young people and future racing drivers. “

And that happened in detail: after Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed into the edge of the slope, the safety car was sent onto the track. The lapped Norris, Alonso, Ocon, Leclerc and Vettel were between the race leader Hamilton and the pursuers.

First, the race management announced that lapped cars were not allowed to lap themselves (i.e. pass the safety car and reconnect at the back of the field). Then came a second message, according to which the affected cars may very well overtake – which they did. In this way, Verstappen was right behind Hamilton when the track was opened, Max was able to overtake his British rival, win the race and thus the title.

Article 48.12 of the Sports Act defines that in such a case “all lapped vehicles must pass the safety car”. But that didn’t happen. In addition, the five aforementioned drivers never caught up because the race was opened for this one last lap shortly afterwards.

Mercedes protested and argued that the FIA ​​had not obeyed its own rules, as the law states: “As soon as the last lapped vehicle has overtaken the leader, the safety car will return to the pits at the end of the following lap. » But the safety car turned immediately, on the penultimate lap, which made the dramatic finale possible in the first place.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on that strange night at the Yas Marina Circuit, it was clear: Mercedes protest was thrown out!

The race stewards justified that Article 15.3. give the race director the right to decide on the use of the safety car. Although the regulations were not applied purely according to the letters of the law, the objection by Mercedes to change the classification to the order of the penultimate lap is inappropriate. The race stewards thus backed race director Michael Masi.

Days later, Mercedes-Benz withdrew the right to appeal, and the FIA, the international auto sport association, announced an internal investigation to prevent such controversies in the future.

You can read some reactions from other fans on Patel Gordon-Bennett’s Facebook page. They emphasize that Hamilton is a sportsman and has accepted what happened – and that despite all the anger of the Hamilton fans, it will be good at some point.

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  1. Frank says

    Sad… this is just sad.
    Leave it, do you really think this helps? Do you really think that your anger can change anything? Move on.

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