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GP Week : Issue 207
MANAGING EDITOR: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Phil Branagan Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Mike Doodson Kate Walker Sean Kelly MotoGP: Michael Scott Phil Branagan Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Andre Lavadinho PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBlIShED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Mark Sutton email@example.com n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) WOLff: NO TEAM ORDERS NOW Mercedes-Benz will not issue team orders to its drivers for the remainder of the season. Following a controversial Hungarian Grand Prix, in which lewis Hamilton declined to move aside for Nico Rosberg in spite of being twice told to do so, team boss Toto Wolff has told the BBC that there would not be a repeat of the situation over the second half of the season. “ We will not have that situation again because we will try to learn,” he said. “We cannot expect the drivers in the second half of the season to move over for their main competitor.” In spite of dashing through the field from a pitlane start (and a Turn 2 spin) to third place, Hamilton looked morose on the podium, clearly emotional after being put in a position where he made what will be a contentious decision. Meanwhile the German left Budapest with an 11 point lead in the Drivers’ Championship after finishing four th, half a second behind Hamilton after a brilliant charge over the last dozen laps of the race. The team orders came on lap 48 when Hamilton was told that Rosberg, who was behind him, would have to pit again and “don’t hold him up.” He didn’t comply and a few laps later, Rosberg asked his engineer, “Why is he not letting me through?” shortly after, another request was made to Hamilton, who replied, “I ’m not slowing down for Nico, if he gets closer then he can overtake me.” Post-race, Hamilton was unapologetic for his actions. “just because he had one more stop than me doesn’t mean I wasn’t in the same race as him,” he said. “And naturally if I’d have let him past, he would have had the opportunity to pull away and when he does pit, he’s going to come back and overtake me, so I was very, very shocked that the team would ask me to do that, to be able to better his position.” Rosberg sounded equally unhappy about it. “The team informed that he was going to let me through but I don’t know what happened,” the 29-year-old told sky sports F1. “We need to discuss internally. “But I am still in the lead of the World Championship and I’ll come back from the summer break on full attack mode.” 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: