Mercedes provides list of demands to the FIA amidst talk of Hamilton exit

Mercedes have provided a list of demands to the FIA that they want fulfilled after they were mugged off by the authorities in Abu Dhabi.

Mercedes and their driver Lewis Hamilton were on course to netting another championship double. While the team ended up winning the Constructors’ Championship, Hamilton was robbed in controversial fashion.

The fallout saw the German team protest the decision. While they have since withdrawn their appeal, they have not let the FIA go. Their actions have forced the governing body to open an investigation into what happened at Yas Marina, and have gone one step further in their quest for justice.

Mercedes have provided a list of demands to the FIA that they want fulfilled, with said list containing some radical changes to the sport.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Ted Kravitz said as quoted by PlanetF1, “Mercedes feel 2021 was a pattern of some pretty questionable governance decisions. It extends to drivers’ standards as well.

Mercedes have given the FIA an ultimatum. Source: Reuters

“They want to put in place some new rules about how we go racing, whether some strong-arm driving standards are to be enforced and regulated, that we won’t have all the nonsense we had last year.”

No outside interference

“They also want the fact that no team principal will be able to talk and influence the race director during the race,” he continued.  

“It’s really something that needs to happen quite quickly. Nobody can move on until the FIA actually explain the decisions, the rationale and the intent behind them in Abu Dhabi,” he concluded.

Mercedes will still race in the upcoming season. Hamilton, however, remains a doubt after the debacle at Abu Dhabi. Even if he has a year left on his contract, we may have seen the last him on an F1 track.

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