Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014

Hamilton right not to let Rosberg past – Lauda

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Lewis Hamilton, Niki Lauda, Mercedes, Albert Park, 2014In the round-up: Mercedes’s non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has voiced his support for Lewis Hamilton’s decision to not allow his team mate past after he was told to.

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Niki Lauda backs Lewis Hamilton ignoring team orders (Autosport)

Lauda: “If he [Nico] had been in the DRS position, he [Hamilton] would have let him by. But Nico never got that close. Therefore I do understand that Lewis said ‘Why? Why should I stop now in the middle of the circuit to let my team colleague by?’ He is fighting for the championship. So from my point of view Lewis was right.”

Ricciardo feared his Red Bull was going to break down (Fox Sports)

Ricciardo: “I honestly had a scare in the middle of the race. For a few laps we had some issues. Basically, we were down on power and had to get a bit crazy on the switches. I thought the race could have potentially ended early but we got through that.”

VIDEO: How artificial grass helped Daniel Ricciardo win (BBC – UK only)

“BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson explains why a piece of artificial grass at the exit of the final corner played a crucial part in Daniel Ricciardo’s win in Hungary.”

Exclusive Christian Horner Q&A: Daniel drove fantastically (Formula1.com)

Horner: “Look at today and the job that he [Ricciardo] has done so far. He is really impressive and he has exceeded everyone’s expectations – probably also his own. (laughs) I think it is really healthy for the team to have two competitive drivers that work well together.”

Button rues McLaren’s weather radar reading after slide down Hungarian order (Sky)

Button: “We obviously use different radar to everyone else because on the radar the team thought it was going to rain. Fifth at the start of the race, definitely out of position, and I put the car in a good place then we threw it all away.”

Raikkonen: I deserved better this weekend (ESPN)

Raikkonen: “Sixth doesn’t really give me anything. I think we deserved a bit more, but not after yesterday. I’m here to try and win races, OK it’s some good points but it’s nowhere near where we want.”

VIDEO: Sebastian Vettel struggles to seventh in Hungary after spin (NBC)

Vettel: “It wasn’t a great race. I spun, which was my mistake, and before that I was unlucky with the safety car in the first stint. The timing meant the first four cars lost positions to those running behind. Unfortunately we were then in the wrong mode for the restart and I lost two positions.”

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On this day in F1

A horrendous crash for Emerson Fittipaldi in a CART race at the Michigan superspeedway today in 1996 led the two-times world champion, then 49, to retire from top-flight racing. However he subsequently made a brief return in the GP Masters series which ran in the mid-2000s.

Here’s Fittipaldi’s crash which happened at the start of the race:

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