Paddy Lowe admits Mercedes has a duty to F1 to allow Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race each other.
The two Mercedes drivers were completely dominant in Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix as the team took its third consecutive victory, but the race was a thrilling affair as Hamilton and Rosberg scrapped for the win. Having gone wheel-to-wheel several times during the race, ultimately Hamilton came out on top and Lowe admitted the race would have been a really boring one for F1 if the team had called off the fight early.
Asked if Mercedes has a duty to let its drivers race, Lowe replied: “I'd say yes.
“Imagine if we'd imposed team orders from lap two or something, what a terrible thing that would be … and for the philosophy of Mercedes motorsport. So it's something that we owe to ourselves and to the sport and to the drivers; they're great drivers, they're professionals. You want to give them the opportunity to race, which is what they do.”
And Lowe said he can't foresee a situation where Mercedes will have to tell its drivers not to race each other.
“There's no reason to not do it. Theoretically at some point in the season there may come a point where one driver is not in contention for the championship and the other one is. That situation is normally so evident that the other driver volunteers to assist the cause.”