"On the final laps, he was also much quicker than Gary Paffett. The drivers of our 08-spec cars pitted very early and were therefore struggling with their tyres in the end.
"That they wouldn't make life difficult for a faster brand colleague and take any unnecessary risk in such a situation is natural at Audi.
"There are no team orders required for this. Strategy is an important element of motorsport."
Norbert Haug, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, unsurprisingly saw things differently.
"A great win by Gary Paffett and this despite additional weight - a perfect drive, perfect pit-stops and a perfect C-Class. It's a shame though that the obvious team order of our rivals distorted the true result," Haug added.
"In the next race we will start in the heavyweight class - with 20 kilograms more than our opposition following three wins out of four races so far - but we look forward to the challenge."