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Mercedes would consider team orders in 2014

ESPN Staff
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Toto Wolff has admitted Mercedes may have to consider team orders at certain points in 2014 despite recently reiterating its desire to let Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg race when possible this season.

Both Mercedes drivers were famously allowed to race in a thrilling climax to the Bahrain Grand Prix, and are yet to receive orders from the pit wall to hold station or to let the other through. Mercedes has been well clear of the chasing pack so far, with four wins from four races, but team boss Wolff confessed a significant step forward from its rivals in the coming races could prompt a change in policy.

"There might be situations where you can't lose lots of time in battle if you have your enemy right up your back," Wolff is quoted as saying by the BBC. "Bahrain was a very particular situation because our package worked very well there and we had quite a competitive advantage, so it's easier to take a decision for the sake of racing because you know you have quite a margin to the guy in third place.

"The narrower that margin gets, the more you have to look out. Our rule is that the competition is enemy number one, not your team-mate, so there might be situations in the race where you have to consider that, but we will see what happens."

With three wins on the bounce Lewis Hamilton is currently the in-form Mercedes driver, though Nico Rosberg holds a narrow championship lead, but Wolff admitted he does not expect one to stay in front all year.

"It will be a constant battle through the season, with one having the edge at one time."

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