Mercedes has decided not to appeal the stewards’ verdict from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, formally confirming Max Verstappen as the 2021 Formula 1 world champion, and Lewis Hamilton as runner-up.
But this is far from the end of the matter as F1 scrambles to repair what the FIA has called the championship’s tarnished image.
And Mercedes isn't taking the matter lightly, with Hamilton and team boss Toto Wolff skipping the FIA's prize-giving event.
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and Sir Lewis Hamilton launch Ignite, a joint charitable initiative to support greater diversity and inclusion in motorsport.
Building on the recommendations of The Hamilton Commission, and as part of our shared vision for developing our industry and our team to reflect wider society, Ignite will focus its work on increasing the pipeline of more diverse talent aiming to enter the motorsport industry – and igniting and inspiring enthusiasm for motorsport through STEM education.
The focus of effort for the UK-based initiative will include but not be limited to: developing exciting and stimulating STEM curriculum materials; developing more diverse educators to role model and inspire students from under-represented groups in STEM; enhancing education enrichment opportunities around STEM and motorsport; and providing financial support to talented and motivated students wishing to pursue careers in STEM and motorsport but who don’t have the means.
Ignite will initially be funded by a multi-million-dollar fund created by Lewis and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, and will work closely with Lewis’s personal foundation, Mission 44, to deliver tangible results for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team and the wider UK motorsport industry.