Christian Horner says he was surprised Mercedes changed its stance and opted to use team orders in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

With Lewis Hamilton being told to allow Nico Rosberg past during the race, Hamilton declined to do so and went on to finish ahead of his team-mate. Mercedes executive director (business) Toto Wolff has since said that the team is "comfortable" with Hamilton's decision and Red Bull team principal Horner said it was a surprise to see the a change in approach from Mercedes given how free to race the drivers were in races earlier this season.

"I wasn't really following their race that closely, I was more engrossed in ours," Horner said. "But I think they're in a situation where they've done very well and let the guys race openly this year, so it would then seem strange when they are racing each other again to say let one run his fastest strategy."

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And Horner said he fully understood why Hamilton made the decision to ignore the team order following the way the season had gone so far.

"Inevitably it's very difficult because you've got the objective of the team and the objectives of the drivers. I think the interesting thing with Mercedes this year is that - because they've got such an advantage - they've let their drivers race.

"They're not under threat in a constructors' championship so therefore you can understand Lewis, who is fighting Nico, if he lets him run his fastest strategy it puts himself under pressure. So it's entirely understandable from Lewis' point of view to say 'not today, thanks'."


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Stop trying to stir Horner.
Red Bull has been known to impose team orders in the past hasn't it?
Focus on getting your car sorted.