Mercedes could rethink team orders stance
24 April 2014 – Mercedes has suggested that it could change its stance over team orders if rival outfits cut the gap.
The German marque allowed drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race freely for victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix, resulting in a thrilling battle which saw the pair pass each other on numerous occasions.
But team boss Toto Wolff says he might be forced to alter the approach if his drivers are under threat.
"There might be situations where you can't lose lots of time in battle your enemy is up your back," he said.
"Bahrain was very particular because our package worked very well and we had quite a competitive advantage, so it's easier to take a decision for the sake of racing as you know you have quite a margin to the guy in third.
"The narrower that margin gets, the more you have to look out. Our rule is that the competition is enemy number one, not your team-mate, so there might be situations where you have to consider that, but we will see."
Mercedes holds a 97-point advantage over second-placed Red Bull in the championship standings after the opening flyaway races, while Rosberg heads team-mate Hamilton by a slender margin of four.