Helmut Marko praised Mercedes for withdrawing their appeal for the Abu Dhabi GP result, saying that he appreciates the gesture.
Mercedes were left raging at the shambles of a decision that happened at Yas Marina. They took it to the FIA to protest, and while they had every reason to do so, it became an ugly affair that threatened to overshadow the championship result.
The team withdrew their appeal recently, which confirmed themselves as Constructors’ Champions and Max Verstappen as Drivers’ Champion. They conceded the latter title to the man who won the Abu Dhabi GP, something the Red Bull team advisor was elated about.
Marko praised Mercedes for withdrawing their appeal, and expressed his respect towards the team that had fought his to the last lap.
“I can only say that this was a grand gesture by Mercedes,” the Austrian told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, as quoted by f1i.com.
“(Lewis) Hamilton has definitely been unlucky, but so were we at Silverstone, in Budapest and in Baku. This is how races can go, but I understand the disappointment.”
Winds of change
Marko also shed light on what must be done in the sport to prevent incidents like the one that led Mercedes to appeal and stressed on the importance of the FIA doing a good job of enforcing the rules.
“The new FIA president will have to come up with a new system that will help (F1 Race Director) Michael Masi, because he can’t do it alone,” he explained.
“At the moment, there is too much pressure on his shoulders. I think, for example, that team managers and team bosses should no longer be able to speak to Masi through a direct line during a race.
“In addition, the rules need to be simplified. Too many decisions have been made that have displeased either us or Mercedes. There needs to be more uniformity in the judgements,” he concluded.