Gerhard Berger has accused Mercedes GP of stage-managing its own result at the Belgian Grand Prix
in order to give Michael Schumacher a more memorable 20th anniversary race.
Despite team orders being legalised for 2011, the Austrian has slammed Mercedes team management for effectively ordering Nico Rosberg
to back off and give Schumacher a chance to pass for fifth place, which made the seven-time world champion 'best of the rest' behind the leading Red Bull, McLaren
runners. More incredibly, Schumacher had had to come from the very back of the grid after losing a wheel before setting a time in qualifying, confirming his love affair with the Spa-Francorchamps circuit.
Rosberg, who was told to ease off and conserve fuel in the closing laps, eventually finished sixth overall, taking the flag just over a second behind his team-mate.
"It should have been a race and not a commercial shoot," Berger fumed during an interview with Servus TV
, "In the circumstances, it was totally wrong for Mercedes to do such strategies. They should be putting more thought into making a winning car."
The Brackley-based German team is currently 'best of the rest' in the constructors' championship but, despite Rosberg claiming the lead from row three in Belgium - and sitting seventh overall behind the Red Bull, McLaren
pairings in the drivers' standings - has already started work on its 2012 machine after admitting disappointment with the WO2.