Lowe: No team orders the only way
7 April 2014 – Mercedes says it owed it to Formula 1 to allow Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to battle freely for victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The team-mates exchanged positions on multiple occasions during the 57-lap encounter, with Hamilton ultimately coming out on top.
And despite their commanding advantage over the rest of the field, Mercedes Executive Director Paddy Lowe has made clear that the outfit never thought about imposing team orders on its drivers.
"Imagine if we had imposed team orders from lap two or something – what a terrible thing that would be for Formula 1 and for the philosophy of Mercedes in motorsport," Lowe explained after the Grand Prix.
"It is something that we owe to ourselves; we owe to the sport and owe to the drivers as well. They are professionals and you want to give them the opportunity to race, which is what they do."
Despite the close nature of their battle, Lowe said he always trusted Hamilton and Rosberg's actions.
"To be honest, I didn't get overly stressed about it because I know they are great professionals," he said.
"They are experienced drivers, they know what it takes. I gave them a little bit of a reminder [over the radio] during the Safety Car period that it is all about bringing the car home. But that didn't mean don't race each other, it just meant there is a line not to cross which is if you endanger the car. They did a perfect job of that."