Austria

Last Race: 21st June Austria

Austria GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Nico Rosberg
2 Lewis Hamilton
3 Felipe Massa
Great Britain

Next Race: 05th July Great Britain

'Team orders would have been terrible'

2014-04-08 08:30:00

 RSS

Share:

'Team orders would have been terrible'

Despite risking their drivers taking each other out, Paddy Lowe says Mercedes made the right call in allowing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race in Bahrain...

Despite risking their drivers taking each other out, Paddy Lowe says Mercedes made the right call in allowing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race in Bahrain.


Whereas many teams in the past have shown a reluctance to let their drivers race, Mercedes did the exact opposite at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought it out - at times wheel to wheel - on no fewer than three occasions on Sunday night.

Even in the wake of the Safety Car with just ten laps remaining, Mercedes refused to issue team orders and only urged both drivers to bring the cars home.

Their battle was undoubtedly the highlight of not only the grand prix but the 2014 season to date.

"Imagine if we had imposed team orders from lap two or something - what a terrible thing that would be for F1 and for the philosophy of Mercedes in motorsport," Lowe told Autosport.

"It is something that we owe to ourselves; we owe to the sport and owe to the drivers.

"They are professionals and you want to give them the opportunity to race, which is what they do."

The Mercedes executive director added that he never had any concerns about the two wrecking each other, confident they would not cross that line.

"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 during the Safety Car that it is all about bringing the car home.

"But that didn't mean don't race - it just meant there is a line not to cross which is if you endanger the car. They did a perfect job of that."

Chris Goodwin drives a McLaren-Honda MP4-5

Editor's Picks

Good Race, Bad Race: Austria

Good Race, Bad Race: Austria

Nico Rosberg topped the charts, Lewis Hamilton is on the pit wall and did you hear the one about McLaren...

Conclusions From Austria

Conclusions From Austria

Danger is never far away, McLaren into the abyss, game of moans and more in our conclusions from the Red Bull Ring...

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Forum: Good For A Laugh

Nico Rosberg laughed off number two claims; the Forum laughed at him laughing it off...

Williams Update The FW37

Williams Update The FW37

Williams arrived in Austria with perhaps their largest update package for some time and Matt Somerfield looks at some of those upgrades...

PF1 Fantasy Racing

PF1 Fantasy Racing

Are you a Ross Brawn or a Paul Stoddart? Can you manage money like Bernie or Caterham? Let's find out...