A team order from Mercedes has overshadowed Lewis Hamilton’s stunning German Grand Prix victory, with fans taking to Twitter to voice their concerns.
Following Sebastian Vettel’s lap 52 crash, Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas found themselves first and second in the Grand Prix but they were eventually asked by the team not to race each other.
Strategist James Vowles came on the radio a lap after the restart to ask the attacking Valtteri Bottas to hold position against teammate Hamilton, diffusing a fight that promised to cap off a shocking German Grand Prix.
Vowles apologized to Bottas for the decision, as Hamilton went onto take an unlikely victory from Bottas in second.
Hamilton’s win was especially shocking considering he started the race in P14.
Bottas said in a post-race interview that the decision was taken to “minimize the risk.” He said the result is “perfect” for the team.
“A lot of people out there wondering if Bottas should’ve been given the chance to make it a 1-2 in his favour”, commentator David Croft said during post-race coverage of the German Grand Prix.
With Kimi Raikkonen close behind the two Mercedes’ in P3, it appears the team wanted Bottas to focus on keeping the Ferrari behind and securing a landmark 1-2 finish, which has given the Silver Arrows the lead of the Drivers and Constructors Championship.
Hamilton has never won a Grand Prix from outside the top six.
Fans on Twitter took to the social media platform to voice their concerns about Mercedes’ actions, which prevented Bottas from fighting for a Grand Prix win.
One user, lanesborough77, wrote that Bottas deserved the win more and called Mercedes the “most predictable boring” team.
User lukeincanada also wrote that Hamilton only won the race on paper, using the hashtag, #TeamOrders.
Another user, nickarrow, said Mercedes made an exciting race “thoroughly boring.”
Using the team orders secured Mercedes a 1-2 finish at their home Grand Prix.
Former F1 driver Damon Hill said Ferrari will leave the German Grand Prix feeling they’ve been “kicked in the guts” after Sebastian Vettel retired from the race lead.