Mercedes: Team orders would be 'terrible'

By on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes has a duty to Formula 1 to allow its drivers to race, according to executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe.

Mercedes has dominated the 2014 season with three pole positions and three victories from Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, but the duo were allowed to battle for the win in Bahrain, in which Hamilton prevailed.

Lowe insists that it would be 'terrible' if Mercedes had imposed team orders.

"Imagine if we had imposed team orders from lap two, what a terrible thing that would be for Formula 1 and the philosophy of Mercedes motorsport," he said.

"It's something that we base ourselves on and the sport is about, but it's also about the drivers. They are great drivers and professionals and you want to give them the opportunity to race, which is what they do."

Lowe said he was pleased with the manner in which both sides of the Mercedes garage responded to the demands posed by the new technology during the final stint of Sunday's race.

"One of the enjoyable aspects and one of the new games you can play in Formula 1 is energy management," he said.

"With this power unit you have a battery and you have various manoeuvres you can pull. It was the same with KERS. With KERS you could save up energy and deploy it in double boosts, but with this power unit that effect is even more extreme.

"There are opportunities to manage your energy flow, save it up perhaps and play it out in different places.

"The team is very well practiced and trained in that and how to use that with the drivers. What we saw in those last 10 laps was not only the drivers competing but each side of the garage competing and playing the game of energy deployment.

"It's a cat and mouse game of staying one step ahead with the use of the energy around the lap. You have to be very aware of that and you may have heard a lot of strategies on the radio, but that was a pretty exciting internal aspect to that competition."

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