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Hamilton insists he isn't Mercedes number one

ESPN Staff
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Nico Rosberg was not allowed to overtake Lewis Hamilton for third at Sepang © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton insists he is not the number one driver at Mercedes despite benefitting from team orders in Malaysia.

Nico Rosberg was considerably quicker than his team-mate in the closing stages of the race but was told not to overtake Hamilton by team principal Ross Brawn. Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko said after the race that action would have to be taken against Sebastian Vettel because the team doesn't have a number one driver "like Mercedes", but Hamilton angrily denied the claims.

"That is rubbish, they have a clear one and two, they always have had," Hamilton told the Daily Mirror. "And that is why they have always had the problems they have had. We don't have a one and two here.

"I have always said, from the moment I was speaking to the team, that I wanted equality. They didn't even offer me to be favoured but I just wanted to make the point that I am not a driver that comes and requests that, like a lot of other drivers do. "

With Vettel coming under criticism for his decision to overtake team-mate Mark Webber despite orders not to, Hamilton said he personally wasn't happy to have profited from a Mercedes team order.

"You have to be able to look at yourself in the mirror and know you won fair and square. I don't feel like I won my spot fair and square. Although I did drive a decent race, I don't feel spectacular about it."