Max Verstappen has commented on the protests that Mercedes has submitted to the FIA about the results of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The German racing stable does not agree with the moment that the safety car went back to the pitlane and Verstappen’s driving behavior during the safety car period should also be re-examined.
The new world champion tells his story about the protests to Autosport. One of the protests is against the Red Bull Racing driver’s driving behavior during the safety car period. He would have passed Lewis Hamilton, which is not allowed under the rules. Verstappen keeps it short about the protests: ‘I don’t have much to say about that. It pretty much sums up the season.’
Verstappen beats Hamilton in last lap
Verstappen eventually defeated Hamilton on the final lap after the safety car period, which was invoked by a late crash by Nicholas Latifi at Turn 14. The Dutchman explains his approach: “I wanted to respond to what Hamilton did. I couldn’t get too far away from him. I saw that he was having trouble getting his hard tires up to temperature and I did have the grip, which allowed me to stay relatively close.’
“And of course I had much more grip on those soft tires, you could see that during that round,” the 24-year-old Limburger continues after the thrilling season finale. He wasn’t quite sure of his first place after the overtaking maneuver in Turn 5: ‘You still had two long straights where he could have hit back. It was all very tight together’, concludes Verstappen.