Mercedes will not be appealing Lewis Hamilton's exclusion from qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, stating that "we want to win these World Championships on the race track". The stewards' verdict into their investigation of Hamilton's rear wing was announced ahead of the Sprint Qualifying race, with the Briton thrown out of qualifying as a result of his Drag Reduction System (DRS) opening more than what was permitted. As is the norm for such verdicts, the team are permitted to lodge an appeal against the decision of the stewards, but have since confirmed that they will not be doing so. Hamilton will therefore start from the back of the grid for Sprint Qualifying, and will also serve a separate five-place grid penalty for Sunday's Grand Prix, having taken on a fresh engine this weekend.
The Team will not be appealing Lewis’ disqualification from Quali. We want to win these World Championships on the race track. 💪 pic.twitter.com/12rD4EoDYP — Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) November 13, 2021