Formula 1: Mercedes launch 2 protests after Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton's final lap chaos


The greatest Formula 1 season even witnessed finished in the most jarring of crescendos as Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the drivers' title.

There was controversy from the word go as Hamilton took the lead from the start only to be caught up in a tight-run clash as Verstappen dived down the inside corners later.

Lewis skipped the corner and looked to have gained an advantage with many assuming that he would have to give the place back.

However, the stewards saw the incident differently and Hamilton was allowed to maintain his position in first place.

From that point on, it was all Mercedes and Hamilton as the seven-time world champion went up professional and ruthlessly killing the race off.

With only laps to go though, Nicholas Latifi crashed and a safety car was sent scuttling onto the track.


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The racers stacked up behind the safety car and it looked as though we would end the race as we were.

However, with one lap to go, Michael Masi allowed lapped cars to overtake and gave us one glorious lap of racing.

Verstappen duly pounced and clinched the title in the most dramatic of circumstances.

As fans drunk in one of the most intense endings to a season though, Mercedes were raging and, in the aftermath of Verstappen's win, have waisted no time in launching two protests.

One protest surrounds Article 48.8 of the sporting regulations, which says "no driver may overtake another car on the track, including the safety car, until he passes the Line (see Article 5.3) for the first time after the safety car has returned to the pits."

The second protest is based on Article 48.12, which says that "any cars that have been lapped by the leader will be required to pass the cars on the lead lap and the safety car."

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