Russia

Last Race: 12th Oct Russia

Russia GP Results
Pos Driver
1 Lewis Hamilton
2 Nico Rosberg
3 Valtteri Bottas

Hamilton: I was just doing my job

Tuesday 29th July 2014

 RSS

Share:

Hamilton: I was just doing my job

Hamilton: I was just doing my job

A defiant Lewis Hamilton insists his decision not to allow Nico Rosberg through in Hungary was "just a case of not giving a single point away".

Mercedes' powers that be have been forced to put out a lot of flames since Sunday's race at Hungagoring after Hamilton was accused of ignoring team orders.

The 2008 World Champion was told to let Rosberg through over the team radio and he replied that he would not slow down so it was up to the German to get close enough and overtake him.

After the race Hamilton admitted he was "very, very shocked" that the team asked him to move aside while Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda felt he was right not to let his team-mate through.

Now that that dust has settled a little, Hamilton believes he did the right thing as he is "hired to race" and doesn't feel "obligated to help".

"It was not about questioning authority, and I don't think I was being ruthless," he is quoted as saying by Press Association.

"I was not even being bloody minded. I was doing my job and got to the top.

"I am hired to race and bring in points for the team. I am also hired to be me and race my heart out.

"I did not start at the front of the pack. I started from the pit lane, so in my mind I could not afford to lose anything else. I have already given away too much.

"At the end of the year I could be looking back saying 'if only the car did not catch on fire', or 'if only the brakes didn't fail', 'if only I hadn't made a mistake in qualifying', 'if only the engine had not stopped in the race'...all these things.

"So it was just a case of not giving a single point away. I tried my hardest to be ahead and I don't feel as though I was being obligated to help."

Related link
Wolff On Team Order Conundrum

Highs & Lows Of Alonso At Ferrari

Editor's Picks

Alonso's Ferrari Highs And Lows

Alonso's Ferrari Highs And Lows

Fernando Alonso is on his way out at Ferrari, but there have been plenty of highlights and low points...

Never Shoot Down F1 Rumour

Never Shoot Down F1 Rumour

Sporting rumours should always be taken with a pinch of salt, but F1 has proven time and time again that where there's smoke, there's fire...

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

PlanetF1 Fantasy League

The season may be underway but you can still enter the PlanetF1 Fantasy League and win prizes on a race-by-race basis...

Winners & Losers: Russian GP

Winners & Losers: Russian GP

The Russian Grand Prix was a great event but a poor race, thanks to Pirelli's failure to do basic research...

Reasons For Three-Car Teams

Reasons For Three-Car Teams

What's not to like about three-car teams? Bernie's suggestion has been dismissed by the purists, but it would tighten up the racing...