Hamilton was poised to capture a record-breaking eighth world title at the Abu Dhabi finale in December before a controversial safety car restart allowed Verstappen to pass the British driver on the last lap.
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The team said they had made the decision following "constructive dialogue" with governing body FIA with regard to establishing clarity for future racing scenarios.
Verstappen claimed his first world title when he passed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on the final lap. He was given the opportunity after a key decision by race director Michael Masi.
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Mercedes filed two protests on behalf of Hamilton after the finish, which were both dismissed. Mercedes has now taken the case to the International Court of Appeal
The sun was already rising over Abu Dhabi when Verstappen left the celebrations around 7 a.m. local time.
Hamilton is due to attend an investiture at Windsor Castle to be honoured for services to motorsports
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Apart from being entertaining, the race in Abu Dhabi was mired in controversy, with the FIA’s interference in the race leaving a bad taste in one’s mouth
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"How the entire situation unfolded, it seemed like they wanted Max to win. It was a great battle for the championship but what happened yesterday it wasn't sport," said Karthikeyan
The fans rode a rollercoaster of emotions in the Bar Club 188 in the Hague, as pole position holder Verstappen saw Lewis Hamilton blast past him in the opening seconds of the race
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"Mercedes have protested 'against the classification established at the end of the Competition', relating to alleged breaches of Articles 48.8 and 48.12 of the FIA Sporting Regulations," Formula One tweeted
The Red Bull driver beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling title showdown at the Yas Marina circuit to become the first Dutch racer to win the Formula One championship.
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Hamilton and Verstappen started side-by-side for one final trip around Yas Marina Circuit and the British driver surged to the lead. Verstappen stalked him through the first four turns then made his pass in turn five and pulled away in his Red Bull
The title chase went to the final race with the two drivers locked on the same number of points, the first time that had happened since 1974
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Verstappen beats Hamilton to pole as epic title battle gears up for thrilling showdown
Verstappen goes into the season-closing race level on points with Hamilton, who took second in qualifying to join the Red Bull driver on the front row.
Hamilton, chasing an unprecedented eighth world title, goes into Sunday's season-closing race level on points with Max Verstappen.
Verstappen, who was penalised twice in last Sunday's Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, said he is punished for his driving style and that others, who drive in the same aggressive and unforgiving way, are not.
Hamilton heads into Sunday's season finale after three successive Grand Prix victories put him level on points with Red Bull's Verstappen.
Hamilton could be dethroned by a pugnacious young pretender, who may be his nemesis, or set for a magnificent record with an eighth title when he competes with Max Verstappen at a much-modified Yas Marina Circuit.
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Ecclestone — who over several decades transformed the sport into a global multi-billion-dollar commercial giant — said Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff and Hamilton were "not playing fair."