Lewis Hamilton had a victory and a title in his pocket, he seemed unattainable for Max Vrestappen, he was close to a record eighth title and then everything collapsed ... Latifi crashed, a safety vehicle entered, the Briton lost a huge advantage and then first place in the last lap.
Although Merced's boss Toto Wolff warned Michael Masi during the race not to allow any scandal with the entry of the security vehicle, it still happened. And provoked the anger of a powerful German. Immediately after the race, Mercedes sent two complaints to the FIA.
One concerns Verstappen, and the other concerns the results of the last race in the season. Mercedes complained that Verstappen overtook Hamilton at a time when this was not allowed and refers to Article 48.8 of the Sports Regulations which states: Except in the cases listed a) to h) no driver may overtake another on the track, including and a safety vehicle until it crosses the line (see Article 5.3) for the first time after the safety vehicle has returned to the pits.
At one point, it really seemed that Verstappen's car (left wing) was in front of Hamilton's under the yellow flag, which is absolutely forbidden.
The second complaint concerns the results of the race and Mercedes considers that Article 48.12 has been violated.
And he says: If the race director thinks it's safe to do so and the message "drivers behind the lap can overtake" will be sent to all teams through the official messaging system, every driver behind the lap should overtake the drivers in the lead lap and safety vehicle.
This only applies to drivers who were overtaken after crossing the line at the end of which they crossed the first line of the safety vehicle the second time after it came out on the track. Having overtaken the drivers in the leading lap and the safe vehicle, they should continue on the track at the appropriate speed without overtaking and make sure to take positions at the end of the line behind the safety vehicle.
While overtaking, in order for everyone to make sure it is done safely, the drivers in the leading lap must be on the race line at all times unless a deviation from it cannot be avoided. Unless the race director considers that the presence of a safety vehicle is no longer necessary, as the last driver overtook the lead safety vehicle will return to the pits at the end of the lap.
The hearings regarding the complaints have started and Mercedes has said that they will not give any further comments until everything is over. Although Merced's boss Toto Wolff warned Michael Masi during the race not to allow any scandal with the entry of the security vehicle, it still happened.