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Allan McNish says he feels Mercedes is putting its backing behind Lewis Hamilton in the 2013 F1 title race

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shamarone

April 08, 2013 2:07 PM

re: "Allan McNish says he feels that the Malaysian Grand Prix was an indication that Mercedes is set to favour Lewis Hamilton over Nico Rosberg in its quest to secure the 2013 F1 title."

shocking...!!!

richard

April 08, 2013 2:30 PM

andy. interesting to see that webber was not told to turn down his engine (which it appears he didnt anyway) to preserve his tyres. it has now been disclosed that he too was running out of fuel and rbr wanted him to finish.

rob. thats easy! a three times wdc is the ruler of rbr, and he proved it in sepang. note that didi did not come out and say that he was wrong!

Jamrock - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 2:32 PM

It seems quite obvious which the conspiracy theorists refused to acknowledge. As Ross said he had all the technical information as well as the fact that when Nico tried and did pass Lewis he immediately passed him back so rather than have this continue and therefore burn up more fuel which was already at a premium, hold the status quo and finish the race. If Nico wants to beat Lewis he needs to do it before the final pit stop and when they are not low on fuel. More compelling was the fact that this was there best result in ages and also their home race. Why throw that away for drivers egos like red bull did a few years ago. Ross is a great team boss, he knows how to make proper and rational decisions. I would rather in the instance in Malaysia that they finish like that rather than not at all. And don't people start saying why did Ross not have Nico pass and then tell Lewis to hold station, that would not have been fair since to that point Lewis had earned that position. I am a Lewis

richard

April 08, 2013 2:38 PM

jamrock. of course brawn had all the technical info, which makes it even weirder that he would not allow nico to pass lulu. why did he decide to hobble nico by having a slower driver in front of him?

Kenny Schachat - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 2:49 PM

Theree was another factor under consideration for both Mercedes and Red Bull when they gave the orders to their drivers to hold their positions and reduced pace: engine wear.All teams have 8 engines for the season and they need to do what they can to keep them from unnecessary wear and tear. Obviously the best way to do that was to avoid the stress on the engines that overtaking and track duels.

I think many racingfans don't realize that the goal is to win the race, by only racing as fast as is is absolutely needed.another way, to win going as slow as you can get away with. Granted, this doesn't make for the most exciting watching. We all want to see everyone pushing their hardest and driving at their fastest and at their limits all of the time. However F1 (and many other race series) are ssimply not structured that way. The team format and the huge amounts of $ available for the constructors points are incentives to drive strategies and tactics.

Personally, I find the complex s

gazza - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 3:49 PM

@richard.
Braun asked for no infighting because laptime wise, neither could catch RedBull, and team wise points gained were no different. Lewis was coasting for the last third of the race, and Nico had done a better job with his setup, so had more grip, hence he could attack easily. Lewis almost certainly wont have gone to Merc without certain preferences.
RedBull have team orders for both drivers to adhere to, and Seb failed to listen to the teams wishes.
Next time Nico needs to be in front for the last stop, as does Seb, should they both want to finish ahead of their team "mate". Simple......

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