Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton cost Nico Rosberg the chance of victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

With Rosberg - on soft tyres - closing in on Hamilton - on mediums - Mercedes asked Hamilton to move over as Rosberg still had another pit stop to make. Hamilton defied the call and was fighting for victory with Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso, ultimately finishing third with Rosberg a close fourth.

With Rosberg crossing the line 6.3s behind race winner Ricciardo, Wolff said the opportunity was there for him to win but conceded the team has to work out if it made the right decision.

"That was such a difficult race with so many difficult decisions that needed to be made, quick decisions, and we need to analyse how we ended up there and whether from here we need to discuss the racing between the two," Wolff said. "It is getting intense and it is clear that they are direct competitors for the world championship. We need to sit down and discuss it.

"We don't know whether Nico was quick enough to pull the gap to win the race. It is a difficult situation now. If Lewis had let Nico go, Nico could have won the race. We needed to split the strategies because we didn't know how the race was going to go."

Wolff added that he hadn't intervened over the radio because he felt it could be time for Mercedes to change its approach to the races with no team likely to challenge its supremacy this season.

"I don't want to play the vicious general and demand that they obey the rules. I could have gone on the radio or Paddy [Lowe] could but we didn't. Maybe what we decided at the beginning of the season doesn't function anymore but we cannot ask either driver to give up positions or jeopardise their own championship chances for the benefit of the team."


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107SS2009: Toto Wolff as boss by over thirty percent shareholding in the Mercedes team should ascertain and retrieve the lost control of running his team (it was declared on here that “Lulu showed his team who is boss” in Hungry), He out to make sure in no uncertain way who runs the team and who gives the orders and by whom such orders should be obeyed. [\blockquote]

Vettel - Multi21


If Hamilton moves to RedBull he'll get his bum kicked by Ricciardo and then you lot will cry foul and tell him he needs to move to yet another team.[\blockquote]

Beating someone from the Pitlane is quite remarkable and not a fluke, I could remember Lewis beating Button from the back of the grid in Catalunya in 2012


Well actually, considering the safety car robbed Rosberg of a 10 second lead and then dropped him back down the grid and the places Hamilton gained from the same safety car, I would say that this was actually a fluke.

And I remember Button coming from the absolute back of the grid in Canada in 2011 with LESS THAN HALF race distance remaining to go on and win the race. Now THAT was a hell of a drive! He also did it without one of the most dominant cars in F1 history.

I also remember Hamilton only being saved by a red flag from getting lapped by Button at Monaco the same y

107SS2009: Regardless of opinions and like/dislike from both those employed by a team and their supporters, decisions taken by those running a team has got to be fully and without questions asked complied with, any team whose requests/orders are ignored by any of its employees should without any questions asked restore order and full authority to the management of their team. As I said if advise on such matters are needed there is no better authority on this subject then JT. [\blockquote]

Vettel - Multi21

I do wonder what has happened to so called F1racing, regardless of who you support, what we all watched yesterday was a great motor race, ( as last week was ) the team/driver should live with, and race with the stratergy they have chosen, to tell any driver to move over thus gaining a position should be baned, I am a starting to wonder if a Grman driver in a silver arrow Mercedes is just to much to let Lewis have a fair chance at the title.

Lewis did not disobey the team order. When asked he said he would not slow down to let him pass. Just that Nico couldn't get close enough.