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Mercedes Withdraws F1 Appeal, Leaving Max Verstappen Champion

Max Verstappen, left, and Lewis Hamilton following the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Dec. 12.

Max Verstappen, left, and Lewis Hamilton following the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix on Dec. 12.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Mercedes ended the dispute over the Formula One season finale on Thursday when it withdrew its appeal of the controversial finish that cost Lewis Hamilton a record eighth championship.

Mercedes had filed a pair of protests following Sunday's race, in which a late crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix helped Max Verstappen beat Hamilton for the title. Both protests were dismissed and Mercedes then asked for reconsideration at the International Court of Appeal, a process that could have dragged into next year.