Mercedes to discuss Hungary team orders
27 July 2014 – Mercedes says it will hold internal discussions with its drivers after the outfit issued team orders during the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg was running directly behind Lewis Hamilton before his final stop, with the team asking Hamilton – who did not need to pit again – to move over and let the German through for the benefit of his strategy.
But Hamilton chose to ignore the repeated radio messages, admitting after the race that he was surprised to be given the instruction.
"We need to sit down, discuss and analyse the moment when Lewis was asked to let Nico pass. We will do this calmly and work our way through any confusion or misunderstanding," said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.
"There were so many things influencing our decisions and we must still determine whether we were right or not."
Although Rosberg questioned why he had not been let through, he said it was not his initial request.
"I didn't want it, it was the team that informed me that he was going to let me past," Rosberg explained.
Hamilton fended off Rosberg in a late battle to claim third, reducing the championship lead to 11 points.