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GP Week : Issue 208
Team orders looks set to take centre stage in the final seven Grands Prix of the season as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton look to have a realistic challenge to their 2014 supremacy. Following a chaotic Belgian Grand Prix that saw a front row Mercedes lockout turn into a Red Bull win, the German-backed team looks set to impose some kind of team orders on its drivers, in a bid to reverse a competitive swing that has seen each of its drivers outscored by Daniel Ricciardo over the summer GPs. In the last six races, Ricciardo has scored three wins, to Rosberg’s two and Hamilton’s one. But because the men in silver have tripped over each other and scored three DNFs between them, the Australian has scored 102 points to Rosberg’s 98, with Hamilton banking only 73 points. While Rosberg left Germany with an expanded points lead over Hamilton, Ricciardo must now be considered a threat to upset the title favourites – particularly with the controversial double points in play at the final race of the season. “If I’m within 50 [points] coming into Abu Dhabi then, yeah, [I’m in the hunt], but there’s still a few races to go,” he said at Spa, “While it’s still mathematically possible, yeah, we’ll keep fighting. “Today was a big day for that. To come and steal some points on a circuit where, let’s say, we weren’t supposed to is nice, but I think what’s important, looking ahead, is to capitalise on the circuits that we should be strong on and, if we can take maximum points, let’s say, at a couple of those, then it’s never over.” That would appear to also suggest that Red Bull Racing’s management faces the somewhat unpalatable prospect of imposing its own team orders. Ricciardo currently has 156 points, a daunting 64 behind Rosberg, but 58 clear of the troubled Sebastian Vettel. While the four-time Champion pointed out last week that he was still in mathematical contention for the title – and labelled comparisons between his results and those of his teammate as “not fair” because of reliability issues – he must realistically concede that Ricciardo has a better chance of hauling in the Benzes in the coming races. “I see good things ahead,” Ricciardo said in Belgium. “If we can collect maximum points around here, y’know, it gives us a bit more hope for the circuits that are going to come later in the season; Singapore, Suzuka, just a couple to mention. We’re really motivated right now. It’s been a really good day for us on a track we didn’t expect to get maximum points from so, yeah, it’ll keep us smiling for a while. “But at the same time, we’ll stay grounded. Monza we know will be tricky again, but obviously the package we brought here was pretty racy, so we’ll try and take something from here to Monza and then I think, as I said, Singapore and Suzuka will be pretty good for us.” C M Y CM MY CY CMY K 2014_KV3_GPWeek_A5_FA_OUTLINED.pdf 1 24/7/14 4:00 pm F1 >>> nEWs lAsT ORDERs Team Orders loom for Mercedes – and Red Bull