The 24-year-old Purple Bull driver denied Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton an eighth crown in a controversial decider in Abu Dhabi on Sunday after a sudden change of the security automobile process performed into the Dutch teen’s arms on the final lap.
Mercedes had till Thursday to attraction after post-race protests had been dismissed.
“I do really feel just like the world champion,” the Dutch driver advised reporters in a video name after a manufacturing facility homecoming when requested concerning the threat of legal professionals getting concerned.
“It does not matter what they attempt to do. We received it on monitor, when there was a inexperienced gentle and we handed them on the monitor. And they’ll by no means have the ability to take that away from me anyway. In regards to the doable attraction, I am not busy with that.”
Crew boss Christian Horner mentioned it was time to maneuver on.
The speedy indications, nevertheless, had been that Mercedes — whose bosses have mentioned nothing since Sunday — had been nonetheless seething at what they think about a manipulated outcome that robbed Hamilton of a document title.
Hamilton, who led the race till that final lap, collected his knighthood at Windsor Citadel on Wednesday and mentioned nothing to media.
“We have welcomed Max residence to the group at the moment because the world champion,” mentioned Horner. “We’re wanting ahead to seeing him choose up the trophy tomorrow night because the world champion.”
Requested whether or not Purple Bull would possibly pull out of the game if Mercedes had been to win an attraction, Horner selected his phrases rigorously. “If the unthinkable had been to occur, we might problem that within the applicable method,” he mentioned.
The Briton added that he had sought out Mercedes group boss Toto Wolff after the race however the Austrian was unavailable. Ola Kaellenius, head of Mercedes-Benz, did supply his congratulations, nevertheless.
Wolff despatched a textual content later within the night, as he did additionally to Verstappen, congratulating Purple Bull on the drivers’ championship. “I congratulated him on profitable the constructors’ world championship and reminded him that is the place the cash’s paid, not the drivers’. I have never spoken with him since,” added Horner.
Mercedes received the group title for the eighth 12 months in a row. Horner mentioned Mercedes’ dispute was with the governing Worldwide Vehicle Federation (FIA) and race director Michael Masi and never Purple Bull, who did nothing improper however had been an celebration.