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Mercedes regret Lewis Hamilton orders

  • Published on 09 Dec 2016 13:12
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes were wrong to order Lewis Hamilton to speed up in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The three-time world champion slowed in an attempt to back Nico Rosberg into rivals in the hope they would overtake him and Hamilton would be able to retain the championship.

Fearing the team could lose the race entirely, Mercedes bosses ordered Hamilton to increase his pace on multiple occasions - requests he ultimately ignored.

Now, speaking with Sky Sports, team boss wolf has admitted that the team were wrong to impose orders on Hamilton when the championship was on the line.

"In the heat of the moment, sometimes when you make decisions you get them wrong," he said. "In our mind, the way we think, this race is giving us the same number of points as other races and we try to win that one, not considering that there was much more at stake for the drivers."

"How the race panned out, we should have communicated differently and in hindsight let them race in the way they deemed to be appropriate," he added.

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  • SPERX

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    Hmmmm. Am I being unduly cynical in thinking that maybe Mercedes have realised that all the prime drivers are contractually tied up and if they end up with a rookie in the second car they need Hamilton on-side?

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    • Dec 9 2016 - 17:00

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