Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton Shocked by Mercedes Instructions

Lewis Hamilton, who was seeking to complete a hat-trick of wins at the Hungarian Grand Prix, was asked by Mercedes team officials to allow teammate and rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during the race.

updated: September 10, 2014 15:19 IST
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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain greets spectators after placing third in the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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Budapest: Lewis Hamilton said he was "very, very shocked" to be asked by his Mercedes team to move over and allow team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg to pass him during Sunday's tumultuous Hungarian Grand Prix.

The incident, one of at least two in which Mercedes tried to persuade Hamilton to help Rosberg, came after 47 laps of a 70-laps race won by Australian Daniel Ricciardo for Red Bull.

The two Mercedes drivers, who finished third and fourth, were on different strategies and Rosberg, on a three-stop plan, was using faster soft tyres at the time and had a further pit stop to make.

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