Hamilton Asks Mercedes To Avoid Team Orders

He is probably feeling that it's a bit unfair given that stewards decided Rosberg was at fault in that last collision, with the German being handed a 10-second penalty at the end.

Rosberg nursed his auto home in fourth, Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen capitalising to finish on the podium behind the double-defending world champion.

However, the contact saw Rosberg damage his front wing, with Hamilton able to pass the championship leader and take the chequered flag, while Rosberg limped home in fourth.

An exasperated Wolff, who has a 30 per cent stake in the team as well as being Mercedes motorsport director, had earlier slammed the latest clash between the two title rivals as "brainless".

The ruling and the punishment in fact meant that Rosberg kept fourth place in the race result, and his lead of 11 points in the drivers' world championship.

"But at a certain stage we felt that a two-stop strategy was the safer way to end the race".

"I think he had a problem with his brakes potentially".

"If you want to be sure something like this is not happening in the last lap and the cars are together, you need to tell them "keep position", he said.

"From my naive thinking I said to myself "OK, that's it, they've learned their lesson, they've seen the consequences and it's not going to happen any more".

The stewards examined video and telemetry, as well as hearing testimony from the two drivers, coming to the conclusion that Rosberg had not allowed Hamilton "racing room".

Wolff said that management meetings would be called over the next few days to decide what action will be taken to prevent a repeat, as he suggested stopping the pair racing was a distinct possibility.

Whether they are allowed to race will be left in the hands of Wolff and the Mercedes hierarchy.

"I had it in the bag and would have loved to win here".

"I am absolutely gutted", he told Sky Sports F1, "it's unbelievable".

"Three cars could've gone on the inside there so".

And it was Rosberg - hampered by brake problems in the closing stages of the race - who was duly investigated by race stewards, both for the collision and failing to stop with a damaged auto. "So I was surprised Lewis turned in and caused a collision. We could have won the race, Lewis was too aggressive". I have got to enjoy that.

Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen benefited from the dramatic ending to finish second and third respectively.

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