Lewis Hamilton's decision to ignore Mercedes' team orders in the Hungarian Grand Prix has been backed by fans in a Crash.net
Having recovered from a pit lane start and a spin on the opening lap, Hamilton was running ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg in the second half of the Hungarian Grand Prix and trying to go to the end of the race without stopping again.
Rosberg, however, was on soft tyres and still had one stop to make. Wanting to make the most of Rosberg's strategy, Mercedes asked Hamilton to let his championship rival through on numerous occasions, but Hamilton declined to do so.
Ultimately, Hamilton finished third after a thrilling battle with Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso for victory, while also managing to hold off Rosberg in the final laps.
Having started from the pit lane - and Rosberg having been on pole position - Hamilton cut the championship gap by three points and claims letting Rosberg through would have meant being unable to defend later in the race.
We asked fans in a poll whether Hamilton was right to disobey Mercedes and after thousands of votes an overwhelming majority of 86.79% said yes
Even Mercedes' Niki Lauda agreed with Hamilton after the race, with the team admitting it had panicked when making the call to allow Rosberg to pass.