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Hamilton unsure why he was asked to let Rosberg past

Jul 27, 2014, 1:15 PM EDT

Lewis Hamilton has said that he is unsure why Mercedes asked him to allow teammate Nico Rosberg past during today’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Briton managed to fight his way up into contention for the race win despite starting in the pit lane, but was put on a different strategy to Rosberg. In order to let the German maximize his pace, Hamilton was asked to allow Nico past. Lewis said that he would if the gap was small enough and stayed ahead.

When Rosberg complained, the pit wall asked Hamilton once again to let him through, but the answer was the same. Eventually, Rosberg pitted to get out of his teammate’s dirty air, and finished half a second behind Hamilton at the flag.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the end of the race, the Briton said that he did not understand why he had been given the call to let Rosberg through, and is pleased to have cut the gap to the German at the top of the drivers’ championship.

  1. worknman24hours - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Because Nico asked for it.

    The team passed it on and Lewis said the exact right thing.

    “if he comes up to me,i’ll let him pass.”

    Don’t get a hair about it Lewis,the team would have said the same thing to Nico had you been in the Championship lead.

    You did great today,Lou.

  2. etrevinoe2 - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    Why Felipe Massa open his DSR during the last 15 to 20 laps when Hamilton was trying to pass him but there was no one in front of Felipe Massa?

  3. worknman24hours - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    One thing the FIA needs to address and this is’nt anything Mercedes did was the lack of safe releases in the pits this race.

    I am glad the teams guilty were not punished but ALL THE TEAMS need to be sat down and admonished to be smarter for the rest of the season.

    Two cars running side by side down the pit lane while the entire pit lane is full of crew members and cars getting worked on is simply not acceptable.

    We got lucky today and had a great race.

    Let’s not kill crew members by accident next race.

    There has to be a mandatory drop in line behind the passing car rule in the pits.

    Pit lane is no place to be racing on track at speed for position.

    One tire touch and thirty guys will be run over.

    I’m not averse to monetary penalties being laid down on the guilty teams today either.

    Funny how a fifty thousand euro fine gets teams attentions.

  4. herogoesallin - Jul 28, 2014 at 2:08 AM

    hamilton is just a crybaby.

  5. techmeister1 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Mercedes was trying to get Nico back on the same schedule so the two drivers had equal chances as the safety car periods screwed Nico over and cost him the race. Hammy is just manipulating the media but Mercedes and Nico won’t soon forget Hammy running Nico off the track when he tried a legitimate pass on fresher tires. Usually what goes around comes around and it would be sweet justice if Hammy loses the championship via pay back.

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