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Niki Lauda criticized Mercedes team order

Mercedes F1 team non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has criticized team Principal Ross Brawn’s choice not to give permission Nico Rosberg overtake Lewis Hamilton to finish third place for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

During the final stint of Malaysian GP Nico Rosberg was ordered by Team Principal Ross Brawn to hold position behind third-placed team-mate Hamilton.

But, Former triple time world champion Niki Lauda, who is an investor in the Mercedes Formula 1 team and non-executive chairman, disapproved Malaysian GP team order, alongside with Brawn and Toto Wolff, was serious of the conclusion following the race.

“From a sporting perspective, that was wrong,” Lauda has been quoted as saying by the Times.

“They should have let [Rosberg] go. We need to talk to Ross, if this is the strategy to be used from now on.”

“There was no controversy,” executive director Toto Wolff remarked after the race.

“Both [drivers] had a bit of fuel issue and we were not sure if we could run them until the end and both of them were advised they had the issue. Nico showed that he is a fantastic team player and he held onto the position and we would have done it in the opposite way as well.

“It’s not perfect from the sporting point of view it’s not what the people want to see and not what I want to see, but sometimes you have to take a call and you have to make a decision and Ross did that. It’s for the team bringing home third and fourth, but from a sporting point of view for sure it’s not fantastic.”

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