Germany

Last Race: 20th Jul Germany

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

Brawn not prepared to risk points

Tuesday 26th March 2013

Share:

Brawn not prepared to risk points

Brawn not prepared to risk points

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has defended the decision to order his drivers to hold station during the Malaysian GP.

Lewis Hamilton was running in third place during the final few laps and was told to save fuel, but his team-mate Nico Rosberg was quite clearly faster than him. Rosberg asked if he could overtake Hamilton, but the reply from Brawn was "negative Nico, negative".

After the race Rosberg told the team "remember this one" while Hamilton admitted during the podium interviews that his German team-mate deserved to finish third.

However, Brawn insists the team couldn't afford to take unnecessary risks and throw away a potential third and fourth place.

"In my judgement, the lowest risk solution was for the drivers to hold station," he told Autosport.

"Nico may have got past Lewis, but on the fuel management programme that both drivers were running, there was no opportunity to progress further or challenge the front two cars.

"A third and fourth place finish was an excellent result for the team and I was not prepared to risk it.

"When I spoke to the team afterwards, I used the analogy of a man in the desert who had found a cup of water - and we wanted to make sure that we didn't spill a single drop."

Race Day At The Hockenheimring

Editor's Picks

Winners & Losers: Germany

Winners & Losers: Germany

Not the best result, but Daniel Ricciardo drove the finest race of his F1 career on a storming afternoon at Hockenheim...

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

Ferrari Must Cut Kimi Losses

There appears to be a sense of déjà vu for Ferrari since the return of Kimi Raikkonen, and perhaps it's time for the team to cut their losses...

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Team-Mate Wars: British GP

Daniil Kvyat is bossing his more experienced team-mate, unlike Kevin Magnussen. Fernando Alonso still has the biggest margin...

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...