Mercedes F1 team took the decision following “constructive dialogue” with the FIA, the world’s motorsport governing body, over an investigation into the title-deciding Abu Dhabi race to “create clarity for future”.
The Red Bull's driver won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and his first Formula One title with a last lap overtake to deny championship rival Lewis Hamilton a record eighth crown.
Red Bull's Dutch driver says he was handed two-time penalties at the last race in Saudi Arabia for leaving the track while two other drivers "didn’t even get a mention or a penalty".
The Mercedes seven-time champion comfortably held off his arch Dutch rival's Red Bull under the Losail circuit's lights to leave the battle for the F1 drivers' crown delicately poised with only two races remaining.
Lewis Hamilton will start 11th on Sunday because his team incurred a 10-place grid penalty by changing his engine ahead of the race.
Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, also took the championship lead by two points from Max Verstappen, who finished second.
Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen has tested positive for Covid-19, forcing him to miss the Dutch Grand Prix. He is currently isolating himself in a hotel having no symptoms.
Verstappen emerged as the winner of the rain-ruined Belgian Grand Prix with only two laps completed behind a safety car at a drenched and dangerous Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Verstappen now leads Hamilton 6-3 for pole positions this season and is in a good position to claw back Hamilton's eight-point lead in the championship.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton was a distant fourth, behind Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas in second and McLaren's Lando Norris in third.
Verstappen, who passed the Briton with four laps to go only to have to hand back the lead for exceeding track limits, finished a mere 0.745 seconds behind after starting on pole position.
The 22-year-old Racing Point driver's shock result on the slippery surface ended a run of 14 successive poles for dominant champions Mercedes dating back to last year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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