SUZUKA, Japan -- Mercedes has withdrawn the protest it lodged against Max Verstappen at the Japanese Grand Prix, allowing the FIA to publish the official race classification four and half hours after the chequered flag fell at Suzuka.In a bizarre turn of events, Mercedes initially protested Verstappens defence of second place from Lewis Hamilton at Suzukas final chicane, arguing that the Dutch teenager drove erratically and in a dangerous manner. However, by the time the protest had been lodged and the stewards convened for a hearing, both Hamilton and Verstappen had left the circuit and were unable to give evidence.Under FIA procedure, the stewards decided to defer the investigation to the U.S. Grand Prix, meaning the result of the Japanese Grand Prix was set to remain provisional until the next round in two weeks. At that point Mercedes withdrew the protest, just one hour and 20 minutes after it had been officially lodged.The plot appeared to thicken soon after when Hamilton took to Twitter to say: There is no protest from either myself or @MercedesAMGF1. One idiot said we have but its not true. Max drove well, end of. We move on.It is not clear who Hamilton was referring to as an idiot, but the tweet was later removed and replaced with the following post.Asked why the protest had been withdrawn, a Mercedes spokesperson said: We have done this in the interests of establishing a final official result this evening once it became apparent that the hearing could not be concluded today.As a result, Verstappen will keep his second place finish at Suzuka ahead of Hamilton in third. Cheap Michael Jordan Jersey . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. 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TRINEC, Czech Republic -- Lucas Pouille made a victorious Davis Cup debut for France by beating Jiri Vesely 7-6 (2), 6-4, 7-5 to level the quarterfinal against the Czech Republic at 1-1 on Friday.Amid increased security following the deadly attack in the French city of Nice, Pouille got a break for 6-5 in the final set with a forehand winner and clinched the victory on his first match point.Earlier, Lukas Rosol saved two match points to prevail over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 and put the Czechs 1-0 ahead on an indoor hard court in the eastern city of Trinec.A minute of silence was observed at Werk Arena before the opening singles to honor the 84 people killed by a truck in Nice.All my thoughts are with the victims and families of this tragedy, Tsonga tweeted.In Saturdays doubles, veteran Radek Stepanek will team with Adam Pavlasek for the Czechs against Wimbledon doubles champions Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Pouille wasted two set points at 5-4 before dominating the tiebreaker in the first set. Vesely was the first player to drop his serve and was trailing 3-1 in the second before temporarily coming back with three straight games, but Pouille got another break to go 5-4 up and hit an ace onn his second set point to take command.ddddddddddddn the four-hour opening singles, Rosol converted his third match point with a passing forehand.Im speechless, Rosol said. Things somehow turned around.It was only his second career victory over Tsonga in five matchups.Were delighted to take a lead. To beat their No. 1, it feels great. Its a good start to the weekend but we havent won yet.Tsonga wasted two match points in the tiebreaker to allow the fifth set when he hit the net with a backhand on Rosols second set point.He looked tired in the final set. He answered Rosols break in the opening game but had no reply after he dropped his serve in the seventh game.Big-serving Tsonga hit 18 aces, but just one in the fifth set.In the opening set, Rosol broke Tsonga in the seventh game with a passing backhand.Tsonga came back to the match with a break for a 5-3 lead in the second set and served out the set at love.In a tight third set, Tsonga saved four break points in the second game and another two in the fourth game before breaking Rosol in the fifth game and hitting an ace on his second set point. ' ' '