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GP Week : Issue 229
Mercedes team bosses were left seeking answers from Bernie ecclestone following Lewis Hamilton’s domination of the Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton raced away into a clear lead from the get-go, while teammate Nico Rosberg battled his way back from fourth to complete another 1-2 for the team. Despite that, Mercedes received less than six minutes of television coverage, with most of that coming thanks to Rosberg’s battle with Valtteri Bottas over third place. “I was watching TV all day long, and funny enough I saw Saubers and a lot of Honda cars, but I don’t know why,” Mercedes’ non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said. “I want to see Bernie next week and ask him what is the reason. “At the moment I can’t say much but it was funny today that even the pitstop of Lewis – the leader – you only saw him driving out,” Lauda added. “You didn’t even see if he changed his wheels. So it was interesting.” “I wasn’t sure during the race where we were,” joked Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes- Benz Motorsport. “I needed to look at the timing screens because you couldn’t see the cars on track.” With the world feed managed by Formula One Management, which is headed by Ecclestone, there were similar accusations laid from the Ferrari camp following the Hungarian Grand Prix. However, unlike the Japanese Grand Prix, the Hungarian race featured a number of incidents away from the race lead key players Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo all struck trouble. By contrast, the Japanese Grand Prix was an uneventful affair with television coverage focusing on battles outside of the points and all but ignoring the race leader. Some suggested the lack of Mercedes presence on the telecast could be Ecclestone's way of penalising the German marque for having not provided Red Bull with an engine deal. Having all but split with current supplier Renault, Red Bull is currently courting a supply of factory spec Ferrari engines for 2016. Should it not conclude a deal with Ferrari, and having burnt bridges with Renault, Red Bull would be left without options and has claimed it will leave the sport. However, according to Lauda, discussions between Red Bull and Mercedes never reached anything but a preliminary stage, a point he says made to Ecclestone. "I spoke to Bernie in a couple of occasions about this engine deal, and it was very clear that Mateschitz never really approached us for the reasons he never really liked Mercedes from the past, nothing to do with today," Lauda explained. The Austrian admitted Mercedes received a letter from Red Bull's Christian Horner and Helmut Marko, upon which he met with the drink company's billionaire owner Dietrich Mateschitz. "Bernie is not upset about us about the engine, that's for sure." The supply Red Bull could have received from Mercedes has since gone to Manor. 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> news the director's cut