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Lewis Hamilton superfan sells his Mercedes in protest after F1 team decide against probing further in Abu Dhabi appeal

"I will not support a team or brand that puts politics ahead of justice," the Mercedes fan said.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 20 December 2021 11:19 am

Highlights
  • The recent events did not go down too well with a Mercedes fan named Neil Steele, who has decided to sell his Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S.
  • Steele also took to social media to announce the sale of his car.

In quite the most dramatic turn of events, a Lewis Hamilton superfan decided to sell his own Mercedes after the Formula One team confirmed that they would be not be following up the legal appeal over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Notably, the Mercedes racer Hamilton was denied a record-breaking eighth world title on Sunday after he was overtaken by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in what was the final lap at the Yas Marina Circuit after a series of controversial calls from FIA race director Michael Masi.

Although Mercedes, who were the best F1 team in 2021 and finished with 613.5 points ahead of Red Bull who had 585.5 points, did protest against the eventual result of the season-ending Grand Prix, both were rejected and later the team confirmed that they will not probe any further in the competition.

All of this seems to have not gone down too well with a Mercedes fan named Neil Steele who has decided to sell his Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S. Steele, who is also a big Hamilton admirer, said that he is doing it as a “matter of principle.”

I will not support a team or brand that puts politics ahead of justice: Steele 

“I am frustrated as a travelling fan to see an F1 world title decided in such unsavoury circumstances by an FIA race director,” he told The Sun.

“I trusted the Mercedes team to pursue their legal appeals in righting wrongs, with no realistic expectation of result change. They have a moral obligation to protect sporting integrity only to sell out the fans and Lewis Hamilton,” he added.

“Selling the car is petty and will have no material effect but it will make me feel better and on a matter of principle,” he further said.

“I will not support a team or brand that puts politics ahead of justice. Us, the fans, feel hugely let down, and we question Toto Wolff and Mercedes’ values,” he stated.

In addition, Steele also took to social media to announce the sale of his car. He called out to interested buyers.

“Dead serious about my car going by the way, if anyone is interested,” he wrote.

“Mercedes-AMG GLE63s, 5.5l v8 Bi-Turbo. 69 reg, 12500 miles… perfect condition.”

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