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03/27/13
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Lauda does not agree with team orders
Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda has expressed his disappointment at Ross Brawn's decision not to let Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fight it out for position at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rosberg was told to stay behind his team-mate over the final few laps rather than fight for third spot as Hamilton was looking to conserve fuel.

The German did as was requested of him and came home in fourth while Hamilton claimed the final spot on the podium. Speaking after claiming his trophy, Hamilton stated that his team-mate should be the one taking home the honor as he had a better race.

While this situation may seem preferable to the drama that has erupted in the Red Bull garage after Sebastian Vettel failed to obey his team's instruction to hold station behind Mark Webber, Lauda remains unimpressed.

"From a sporting perspective, that was wrong," Lauda has been quoted as saying by the Times. "They should have let [Rosberg] go. We need to talk to Ross, if this is the strategy to be used from now on."

This view is in contrast to that expressed by executive director Toto Wolff.

"There was no controversy," Wolff remarked after the race. "Both [drivers] had a bit of fuel issue and we were not sure if we could run them until the end and both of them were advised they had the issue. Nico showed that he is a fantastic team player and he held onto the position and we would have done it in the opposite way as well.

"It's not perfect from the sporting point of view it's not what the people want to see and not what I want to see, but sometimes you have to take a call and you have to make a decision and Ross did that. It's for the team bringing home third and fourth, but from a sporting point of view for sure it's not fantastic."

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