Mercedes stick with team orders despite Lauda stance

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Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Mercedes, Shanghai, 2013In the round-up: Mercedes will continue to use team orders despite opposition from Niki Lauda and Lewis Hamilton.

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Team orders will stay an option, say Mercedes (Reuters)

“The clarification came after Niki Lauda, the Formula One team’s non-executive chairman and stakeholder who has appeared at odds with Brawn since his appointment, told reporters they would no longer be used.”

Brawn: ‘Complex race’ to come (Sky)

“The [soft tyre] has a pretty short life. I think we’ll be on primes for the main part of the race and we’ve got two very strong competitors in the top ten, maybe three with (tenth-placed Nico) Hulkenberg starting on the prime, and they’re going to be leading the race for a while.”

Chilton aims to repay those who have put their money up (The Independent)

“Chilton has revealed giving up part of his future earnings with the formation of a company under the Enterprise Investment Scheme. Investors pay anything from ??20,000 upwards to back Chilton, with the aim of a return down the line should he progress his career.”

McLaren MP4-28 – revised rear diffuser (F1)

“To reduce the pitch sensitivity problem with their car, in China McLaren have cut sections from the sides of the rear diffuser.”

F1 compared to wrestling amid tyre row (Autosport)

Mark Webber: “It will all look good in the first five or six laps, having everyone fighting, but it’s a little bit [WWE] at the moment.”

Red Bull F1 Spy: Chinese Grand Prix (The Sun)

“The playlist on the garage iPod has been the weapon of choice this weekend: we?ve had I?ll Stand By You, All You Need is Love, Brothers in Arms, etc, etc.”

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26 comments on Mercedes stick with team orders despite Lauda stance

  1. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 14th April 2013, 0:05

    WHY?! The fans don’t like them and they hardly benefit the team – Mercedes have lost some respect from me.

  2. Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 14th April 2013, 0:08

    The team orders debacle still continues.

    The most annoying thing was that when it was against the rules, and Ferrari did it, everyone said “oh it happens, make it legal”. But when it’s legal and other teams do it, then people moan “we shouldn’t have team orders”. Whether you like the rules or not, they are currently the rules. And as fans, we have to, rightly or wrongly, suck it up.

  3. Journeyer (@journeyer) said on 14th April 2013, 0:15

    So… who’s really in charge at Mercedes?

    • Todd (@braketurnaccelerate) said on 14th April 2013, 1:55

      Seems like Brawn. But I bet either Toto or Niki could fire him at will.

      • bull mello (@bullmello) said on 14th April 2013, 2:48

        Which is why it seems to me that Mercedes is like a 3 headed beast. Brawn may be in charge, but the other heads act like they would rather be in charge. Considering where the Mercedes car is performance-wise maybe they should let Brawn do his job. I can appreciate Niki Lauda’s experience, but Brawn has a better track record as team principal. Lauda and his backbiting makes for interesting press, but is it really productive for the team? Of course, Lauda will not be quiet anytime soon.

  4. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 14th April 2013, 0:21

    “It will all look good in the first five or six laps, having everyone fighting, but it’s a little bit [WWE] at the moment.”

    Mark needs to beat Seb with a steel chair next time something like Malaysia happens again.

  5. celeste (@celeste) said on 14th April 2013, 0:40

    That press conference had more of an impact on team morale than anything else that went on – but that’s mostly because the room he does it in is where we keep the tea and coffee and no one from the team could get through the throng.

    Everyone here can put up with 36-hour shifts in tropical heat or deal with monsoons flooding the garage but deprived of the tea urn for half an hour there’s definitely a touch of mutiny in the air

    That Redullspy blog is really funny to read… maybe we should start taking this things with a little more humor, is not like rivaliry between teammates only happened in F1, in soccer dressroom has division and same in basketball…

  6. sato113 (@sato113) said on 14th April 2013, 1:16

    i prefer lauda to helmut marko anyday.

  7. Stretch (@stretch) said on 14th April 2013, 1:33

    I hope someone’s told @rgrosjean he’s driving ten cars in the F3 race that’s about to start at @silverstoneuk: twitpic.com/cizuz9

    — F1 Fanatic (@f1fanatic_co_uk) April 13, 2013

    I also hope someone’s told Grosjean that he’s super consistent too.

  8. nackavich (@nackavich) said on 14th April 2013, 1:37

    Wow, Romain has had a busy day!
    And call me a pessimist, but I don’t really feel the investors in Chilton’s scheme will see much of a return..
    Especially not when he’s paired with Bianchi.

  9. schooner (@schooner) said on 14th April 2013, 1:49

    Funny photo. Yoda and his Jedi Knight!

  10. MartyF1 said on 14th April 2013, 3:11

    That’s going to be one hell of a first corner with all those Grosjean’s, hope they have a good medic

  11. Jason (@jason12) said on 14th April 2013, 15:38

    F1 compared to wrestling amid tyre row (Autosport)

    At least we being entertained, who cares if it’s artificial

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