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Lewis Hamilton says there is no number one at Mercedes despite the claims of Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko

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107SS2009

March 26, 2013 6:55 PM

At Mercedes there is as yet no number one driver because no one of the two has as yet made the team act as such, but only a fool will believe otherwise once one of the two will prove superior to the other, they at Mercedes are no different from other teams.
The Brawn saga is not only still there but it will not go away as contrary to what Lauda and Toto says their mind has been made up before they came to Mercedes, that Brawn time has ran out, both of them will not settle for anything less than being able to pull All strings that have anything to do with the team and that includes race strategy.

jim crint - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 12:30 AM

Pull the other one Lewis! We have eyes and ears enough to see how things are at Mercedes. The corporate bigwigs wanted you on that podium. They're paying big bucks and they want to see a return on their investment!

Isn't that why you went to Mercedes Lewis? To become a 'global' brand?

Yak - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:31 AM

stevyweavy - Maybe, but you're changing the situation entirely. If Hamilton hadn't pushed to the point where he didn't have the fuel problem at the end, maybe he wouldn't have been in front of Rosberg to begin with. Maybe if he'd been given the fuel to push, the extra weight would have hindered his race anyway. Or maybe all that extra pushing would have killed his tyre strategy and put him behind. The reality is, with the actual conditions, Rosberg ran the better race but was ordered to stay behind at a crawl.

Yak - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 1:36 AM

I do believe Hamilton when he says he doesn't want to be given any special treatment over Rosberg. He genuinely looked unhappy to be on the podium at Malaysia, before he even said a word. He wants good finishes, but he wants to earn them properly, not be gifted them through team orders. If he just wanted results regardless of how he got them, he wouldn't have been bothered in the slightest up on the podium. That said, that doesn't mean Merc have the same ideas...

Silver Arrows - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 5:26 AM

Lewis has raced world champions on equal terms at Mclaren with him hitting 3-1 against the most complete in f1 and the smoothest in f1, so why would he need team orders at Mercedes when he has seen off Alonso and Button in equal cars. Granted Nico will give Hamilton some stiff opposition this season as i feel Nico handles the tyres slightly better than Hammi.

Ghost-of-Ayrton - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 6:30 AM

I'm guessing that after discovering Rosberg is very fast, but that last season Schumacher was faster, Hamilton has a whole new appreciation of just how exceptional The Schu was.

Bear in mind that youthful Lewis is in his prime and he's struggling to match the 43-year-old Michael's relative pace against Nico.

What a shame Hamilton didn't go to Red Bull to replace Whinger Webber. We'd now have a championship with Schumacher leading the points with Vettel and Lew behind.

friggin lulu fanbatch - Unregistered

March 27, 2013 7:27 AM

@spongeRob01 specrants:what interesting stories??oh,like lulu's epic column for bbc,where he revealed about his "hip-hop"fetish and i & my ho are celebs,my friends are denziel washington,tom cruise and holly wood producer.and by they way spongy u were all ways bitching on ferrari's message"nando is faster than you",now want u want say about merc call.

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