Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes responds to claims it has abandoned the FIA ​​Cup in protest

Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes responds to claims it has abandoned the FIA ​​Cup in protest

Lewis Hamilton was awarded third place at the FIA ​​Awards on Saturday, and Mercedes issued a statement in response to claims he gave the award to a fan.

Lewis Hamilton took third place at the FIA ​​Awards(FIA/YouTube)

Mercedes has been forced to deny claims that Lewis Hamilton had ceded the third-place award to a fan at the annual FIA awards ceremony in Azerbaijan.

Hamilton finished third this season behind Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, and headed to Baku to collect his award, as Formula 1 rules stipulate that the top three drivers must attend the event.

The 38-year-old was the first driver on stage to receive his trophy, but there was some controversy after the ceremony when a fan who was also present claimed on social media that Hamilton had given him the award.

The fan, who had previously posted photos of the pair alongside Verstappen at the event, shared a photo of the trophy which appears to be on display at their home. “Hello. I was at the ceremony yesterday. Lewis Hamilton gave me the award and left. I have the award at home now,” they wrote.

However, Mercedes disputed this, claiming that Hamilton had left the prize up to officials. They said in a statement: “Just to clear up some of the speculation on social media regarding Lewis’ P3 award.

“Immediately after leaving the stage, and as had happened at the previous awards ceremony, Lewis accepted the offer from the officials to send the trophy to the team and thus left it in their care. We can confirm that he did not give the trophy to anyone as a ‘gift’ as has been speculated.”

One fan claimed on social media that Hamilton gave him the award

Hamilton also criticized the FIA ​​while attending the ceremony, criticizing their “unacceptable” investigation into Toto and Susie Wolff. The FIA ​​briefly investigated allegations of a “conflict of interest” between the pair, with Toto Mercedes team principal and Formula 1 Academy managing director Suzy.

The investigation was quickly dropped after all other F1 teams denied making a complaint, but Hamilton is not happy with the way the FIA ​​handled matters. “It is disappointing to see the governing body question the integrity of one of the most amazing female leaders we have in our sport, without questioning, without any evidence, and then just apologizing at the end. This is unacceptable,” he said angrily.

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