F1-Fansite.com

F1 News

Mercedes F1 drivers may battle within limits on Sunday

Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W05
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W05
Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W05

Nico Rosberg - Mercedes W05

Whether Mercedes will or will not impose team orders in Sunday's Australian grand prix has become a major talking point.

First, it was said that despite the W05's obvious early-season dominance, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg would be free to race to the chequered flag.

But then boss Toto Wolff admitted there had been "conversations" behind closed doors about how the silver-clad pair should handle their battle on Sunday.

Rosberg, who qualified third behind Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and his pole-sitting teammate Hamilton, said late on Saturday: "I can already tell you now that there will be battles between Lewis and I.

"That is important for the TV and for everybody, and for us as a team."

However, the German acknowledged that those battles will be fought and won "within certain limits".

"We need to find the fine line," said Rosberg. "We have prepared for it and really gone through it in detail so we know what to expect.

"That is the most important thing, once everyone knows what they have to do then it is good to go."

Wolff insisted that there will be no arrangements a la 1998, when the dominant McLaren drivers agreed that the winner in Melbourne would be he who gets to the first corner first -- with highly-controversial results.

"We are not doing this," he said.

But "We need to make sure that as a team we are running strongly," Wolff added. "Then it is to be decided on a case-by-case (basis) with what is going on with the cars.

"We have discussed it and found a solution which is acceptable to Nico and Lewis and to the team."

Book discounted tickets and reservate your hotel room in our F1 Tickets Shop.

Please share this article & subscribe to our FREE weekly F1 Newsletter

PinIt

Latest F1 News posts:

See older posts in our F1 Archive »

Stay Updated by F1-Fansite!

Subscribers can win a 2017 Photo Calendar!.
Buy F1 MerchandiseBuy F1 Merchandise of your favourite driver or team.

Early Booking Discounts on F1 Tickets

Buy F1 tickets cheaper at F1-Fansite.com 2017 Formula 1 Season Early Booking Discounts are:
F1 Grand Prix
Discount

Book F1 Tickets Australian F1 GP Australia '1735% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Chinese F1 GP China '1710% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Spanish F1 GP Spain '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Monaco F1 GP Monaco '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Canadian F1 GP Canada '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Austrian F1 GP Austria '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets British F1 GP UK '17AvailableBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Hungarian F1 GP Hungary '1720% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Belgium '1711% discountBook Now
Book F1 Tickets Belgian F1 GP Singapore '1710% discountBook Now

Polls

Who would you choose for Rosberg's seat?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...
F1 Polls