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Rosberg moving on from team orders debacle

Apr 11, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg of Germany attends a news conference at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit Reuters

Nico Rosberg has moved on from the team orders debacle in Malaysia, claiming that it is “all sorted” with Mercedes.

Rosberg was told to remain behind his teammate, Lewis Hamilton, in the dying stages of the Malaysian Grand Prix despite being far quicker. Hamilton had dropped off the pace to save fuel, but team principal Ross Brawn told Rosberg to hold position thus handing Hamilton third place.

“We have discussed it and it is all sorted for the future which is important.

“The difficulty was that we hadn’t really discussed them before hand – that is the mistake that we made. So it is important going forward that everything is discussed and then whichever way it goes, if I’m in front and Lewis is behind and he respects that and vice-versa, then it is OK.”

Rosberg did protest over the radio, telling Brawn after the race that he would “remember this.” The German driver was more reflective in the FIA press conference though, saying that Mercedes would learn from the incident.

“As long as we are prepared for it and it is discussed well and understood then that is the important thing and that is a mistake we made as a team.”

Rosberg and Mercedes claimed their first win at last year’s Chinese Grand Prix, making this weekend extra special for all involved with the German team.

  1. bionicpeter - Apr 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    If you are going to race then race may the fastest car win. As long as the team members do not wreck each other to gain the victory. Finishing second is like kissing your sister or the first to loose. They should not allow anyone but drivers to determine the winner. Fans pay to see the fast and best car and driver win not pay to have someone from owners or sponsors say who wins. It almost the same as race fixing. If I wanted that I’d go to a boxing match.

    • apexassassin - Apr 11, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Well first they’d have to put enough fuel in the car and have tyres that don’t rip themselves to shreds. And maybe consider making the DRS unlimited in dry weather. I hate seeing F1 go backwards.

      Great post though!

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