Lewis Hamilton says he was "very shocked" that Mercedes asked him to move over for team-mate Nico Rosberg during the Hungarian Grand Prix.

With Rosberg still to make a pit stop and running on soft tyres, Hamilton - on mediums and going to the end - was asked to allow Rosberg through but failed to do so. The incident prompted Rosberg to ask on the radio why Hamilton wasn't moving over, and after making his second stop the championship leader was unable to pass his team-mate in the closing laps.

Having finished third and taken three points out of Rosberg's lead as a result, Hamilton said he was never going to allow his team-mate through and couldn't believe the team had asked him to do so.

"I was in the same race as him," Hamilton said. "Just because he had one more stop than me doesn't mean I wasn't in the same race as him. And naturally if I'd have let him past, he would have had the opportunity to pull away and when he does pit, he's going to come back and overtake me, so I was very, very shocked that the team would ask me to do that, to be able to better his position.

"But to be honest, he didn't get close enough to overtake but I was never going to lift off and lose ground to Fernando or Daniel to enable him to have a better race. So that was a bit strange. But we've got a long way to go, moving forwards still and, as I said, thankfully I'm still in that battle, so I hope we can come away stronger."

And Hamilton said it was a bittersweet result for him to climb all the way to third place having started from the pit lane after his car caught fire in qualifying.

"Obviously this is damage limitation. On one hand I'm very grateful to have been able to get through with all the difficulties I've had this weekend, obviously yesterday and the first lap. I can't believe how things have gone but to be able to come back through ... the safety cars obviously helped quite a lot.

"But naturally I look at the fact that I had the pace this weekend; I lost quite a lot of opportunistic points. Still, we're there in the fight, fortunately I staved off my team-mates, which means I'm still there or thereabouts."

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Ptolemy: In the USA the rights to broadcast F1 belongs to NBC. The people who control the NBC broadcast have apparently told the commentators to talk big about and show favoritism to Lewis Hamilton. It was a fair an unbiased show when The Speed Channel had the broadcast rights. Now they force all three commentators to fall all over themselves talking about how great Lewis Hamilton is. Its sickening.
I'd like to hear the TRUTH. If Lulu is doing something wonderful, then so be it, but this bigging him up regardless is just wrong.[\blockquote]

They talk about Hamilton a lot because he is often at the center of what is happening. You're saying you want to hear more about Maldonado or Chilton?

BobaFett: Mercedes has tipped their hand finally. They were always in Nico's corner moreso than LH. You don't really think all those failure at Mercedes for LH were down to luck do you. Think Mark Webber at RB. I don't blame Mercedes as a German champion, son of another German champion in a German car is more special than a 2nd title for LH. Mercedes has engineered a great car and are now ''engineering' their preferred champion.[\blockquote]

Keke Rosberg was born in Finland. He is not German.

windyman:
107SS2009: All drivers on the grid in F1 drives for a team, as such they are subject to team orders, it is wrong for a driver to ignore team orders and for anybody to say that a driver was right to ignore team orders. I watched the race and have seen Rosberg trying to pass Lulu as per team instructions and Lulu pushed him off track. It took Mercedes a much shorter time than it took mclaren to experience firsthand that Lulu is an obnoxious annoying troublesome nuisance that can only cause irritating difficulties to any team he drives for. I have no difficulty in understanding the reasoning of some fanatical fan boys when team orders concern the driver they support, but am at a total loss trying to understand the reasoning on this subject from those that are considered as experienced F1 followers. [\blockquote]
Have you ever raced? If you are a racer whatever sport it is winning is all. Second is nothing especially if its your team mate.oh and I am not a fanatical fan boy, I[\blockquote]

There is a fundamental error in the original post. When the order was given it was BEFORE Rosberg changed tires. He barely got within DRS range and never was close enough to make a pass. What you are referring to was AFTER Rosberg had pitted for new tires and had caught up. Hamilton ran him wide and Rosberg faded a bit. Also, remember that Rosberg ran Hamilton wide at the start of the Canadian GP. Payback perhaps from Bahrain.

here4thesun2:
Don Hopings:
Ptolemy: It was a fair an unbiased show when The Speed Channel had the broadcast rights. Now they force all three commentators ...[\blockquote]

They talk about Hamilton a lot because he is often at the center of what is happening. You're saying you want to hear more about Maldonado or Chilton?[\blockquote]

Actually, yes. If they are doing anything that would paint them in a positive light, I would like to hear that. That way, when they are tooling around doing their thing and something unsavory happens where they are the fault or a non-story but mentioned, I can think back on what they did positively and have a warm conflict. If they talked about other people, he wouldn't be the center of attention.

Also, to Ptolemy's point, which I share, and is the topic of his post, it is a one-trick pony over there, biased as a diode, and for that matter in the UK if you look at the SKY. The SPEED show was good. They looked like they were having fun.[\blockquote]

Yu seem to forget that News is about News. If the back markers are not doing anything newsworthy, you probably will not see them. Last season I seem to remember Vettel all over the coverage. I objected to that, but this year, not so much. Water does seek its own level.

windyman:
107SS2009: All drivers on the grid in F1 drives for a team, as such they are subject to team orders, it is wrong for a driver to ignore team orders and for anybody to say that a driver was right to ignore team orders. I watched the race and have seen Rosberg trying to pass Lulu as per team instructions and Lulu pushed him off track. It took Mercedes a much shorter time than it took mclaren to experience firsthand that Lulu is an obnoxious annoying troublesome nuisance that can only cause irritating difficulties to any team he drives for. I have no difficulty in understanding the reasoning of some fanatical fan boys when team orders concern the driver they support, but am at a total loss trying to understand the reasoning on this subject from those that are considered as experienced F1 followers. [\blockquote]
Have you ever raced? If you are a racer whatever sport it is winning is all. Second is nothing especially if its your team mate.oh and I am not a fanatical fan boy, I[\blockquote]

Both are fighting for the championship. It is a two way fight.
Under the circumstances, neither should move out of the way for the other. It was utterly ridiculous that the 'team' issued such an instruction to Hamilton. It was also totally inevitable that Hamilton wouldn't comply. Nobody in their right mind would. Is Mercedes run by *****s?
Brivatore is supposed to be setting up an action group to address the popularity or otherwise of F1. He could usefully start by outlawing stupid team orders like this.