Mercedes may have to impose team orders
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg will still be allowed to race one another – until the other teams start to catch up
Mercedes have admitted that they may have to review their policy of allowing Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to race freely if it begins to affect the team’s advantage over the opposition. The team are determined to stick with the approach as far as is possible, seeing the huge marketing benets in allowing their drivers to slug it out on the track. Mercedes were widely praised for not interfering in the scintillating battle between their drivers in Bahrain.
But while Mercedes do not care which of their drivers wins the title, it is critical that one of them does, and they are determined to ensure that happens. Executive director (business) Toto Wolff said: “Bahrain was a very particular situation because our package worked very well there and we had quite a competitive advantage, so it’s easier to take a decision for the sake of racing because you know you have quite a margin to the guy in third place.
“The more narrow that margin becomes, the more you have to look out, and our rule is that the competition is enemy number one, not your team-mate. So there may be situations in the race where you have to consider that, and you can’t lose time in battle if you have your enemy on your back, but we’ll see what happens.”
Executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe, meanwhile, has admitted that Mercedes’ advantage is big enough to last for “a few races”, but the team are wary of the ability of Red Bull and Ferrari to catch up.
“We cannot stand still,” said Lewis Hamilton. “We have to keep improving and I’m sure we will.
Nico and Lewis can continue to fight each other, provided their rivals don’t get too close