Mercedes has withdrawn its protest against Max Verstappen which Lewis Hamilton said he did not support.
The Japanese Grand Prix stewards announced Mercedes had protested Verstappen’s defensive move against Hamilton on the penultimate lap of the race, and a decision would be taken at the next round in Austin.
However according to the FIA Mercedes has now withdrawn its protest.
Writing on social media, Hamilton denied he had supported Mercedes’ attempt to take second place in the stewards’ room.
“There is no protest from either myself or Mercedes,” he posted. “One idiot said we have but it’s not true. Max drove well, end of. We move on.”
Hamilton later deleted the post and replaced it with a similar one which read: “There is no protest from myself. Just heard the team had but I told them it is not what we do. We are champions, we move on. End of!”
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