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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Hamilton ‘never wants team orders' but accepts risks

Lewis Hamilton has used previous examples of team orders spoiling racing in F1 as to why he never wants them but accepts risks it causes.
Lewis Hamilton has used previous examples of team orders spoiling racing in Formula 1 as to why he 'never wants to see team orders' but says the risks of clashes will always remain as he battles Nico Rosberg for the F1 world championship.

The Mercedes pair sparked another flashpoint in a turbulent team-mate relationship at the Austrian Grand Prix with Rosberg and Hamilton locked in a last-lap duel for victory.

Rosberg, who suffered brake by wire failure at the start of the final lap, held the inside line at turn two but missed the apex which saw him collide with Hamilton who was attempting a pass around the outside.

The German driver sustained a broken front wing and limped to the finish line in fourth after being passed by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen as Hamilton went on to win.

Hamilton was considered the innocent party in the clash by both his team and the race stewards while Rosberg was given a reprimand and a 10-second time penalty.

The British driver has rebuked a potential move to team orders in the Mercedes camp after team principal Toto Wolff admitted it may be required to stop his drivers repeatedly clashing.

The reigning F1 world champion says the examples of previous team orders – pointing out Michael Schumacher being allowed to win ahead of Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello in Austria in 2002 – ruins the action but accepts it reduces the risk for the team.

“They showed a replay of Michael [Schumacher] and Barrichello many years ago and I was disappointed as a fan back then and we never want to see team orders like that ever happen,” Hamilton said. “The great thing is that Toto and Niki have been great these past three years in allowing us to race and that's what racing is about, and it's not always going to be blue skies and perfect, but that's motor racing.

“We're driving at 200mph and you expect us to drive around and never, ever, ever have a problem? I doubt it so I hope that it doesn't change and I hope that we can continue to race. That's just my honest opinion from my love of this sport.

“I grew up wanting to race, and to get to Formula One and race the best and be the best by out driving another individual.”

Hamilton slashed Rosberg's lead in the F1 world championship to 11 points thanks to his win in Austria and now heads to his home round at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix next weekend.

by Haydn Cobb

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July 04, 2016 12:54 PM

nattyraces: Richard, did you see the incident? Have you seen the analysis? No one, I repeat no one is trying to proportion blame to Hamilton. I think you've totally lost you're objectivity
of course i saw the race! i was there! and i also saw lulu actually turning in towards nico when he could have easily kept wide and avoided the collision. as has been proven, nicos car was damaged and had a braking fault, and could not do anything about avoiding a car turning into him. funny how there are many here who spout that the overtaking car should keep clear, but when lulu is overtaking, then everyone else has to keep clear. by the way, toto and niki say that it was lulus fault!
You should look at Nico's front wheels.... generally in any turn the front wheels turn at corners.... normally near the apex of the turn... his wheels didn't turn until contact was made which happened two car lengths past the apex.


July 04, 2016 3:44 PM

richard: silly comment as usual, winkie. and i dont wear glasses ! if you have raced you would know that the racing line id wide in...cur the apex...wide out, and that is exactly what nico did. lulu has done this dozens of times, i think that for this year alone, he has racked up 4 incidents where he pushed nico off the track with such a move. i didnt hear you moaning then! nico did wahat lulu normally does to him. you dont like it? fine....
Very strange comment, the optimal racing line is of course wide in, clip the apex and wide out, but there are some crucial facts you seem to be ignoring. Rosberg pulled to the inside to force Hamilton to go up the outside, so he voluntarily gave up the wide in line to protect his inside. Then he completely ignored the apex and decided to go straight on to stop the other car going round the outside. Had he actually turned the steering wheel to attempt to make the apex it would have been a different situation.

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