Merc boss warns of team orders after debacle

Lewis Hamilton crashed with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in a wild final lap on Sunday as he claimed a dramatic victory in a pulsating Austrian Grand Prix. Rosberg's championship lead is now just 11 points.

Rosberg was blamed by the stewards and came off second-best on track too - limping home fourth with a damaged auto as Hamilton snatched the win.

Even if Mercedes won't necessarily pass blame on to any of the two drivers, the FIA stewards deemed Rosberg responsible for the collision.

"I grew up wanting to race, and to get to Formula One and race the best and be the best by out driving another individual".

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

"But certain circumstances have led us to where we are today".

"While they are in the situation that they are in, with the competitiveness they have, these issues are not going to be isolated to this race". I went deep because that was the best way at the time to try and defend my corner, to keep him on the outside.

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

The live feed cut to a furious Mercedes boss Toto Wolff, who thumped his fist on the table as he watched the incident unfold. "We are looking like a bunch of idiots". That is our goal and my goal - although I want to be at the front of the 1-2.

"You can't clearly say who is more to blame than the other". There was inevitable contact between the two cars, which resulted in a badly damaged front wing for the German.

It also means that Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is now shaking his head and has gone on record as saying that perhaps it is time for the team to consider bringing back team orders, instead of letting their drivers continue to race each other. "We owe it to the fans to let them race, but if every race ends up in a collision between team-mates, it's not what we want".

"Rosberg, speaking in a Facebook video after the race, outlined his disagreement about the stewards' verdict and maintained his innocence".

"I was disappointed as a fan", Hamilton said. That was always the intention. "I won the race - fair and square".

"Of course I need to leave him room on the track, which I was doing, and then Lewis completely caught me by surprise and turned in". I didn't expect Lewis to turn in.

"It was clear it was eventually going to happen, it wiped out both cars and in my naive thinking I said to myself: "OK, they have learned the lesson and they saw the consequences and it is not going to happen again".

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