Nico Rosberg was asked to hold back to secure a 3-4 finish for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team at the 2013 Malaysian GP. Though he wasn’t happy about he followed team orders and allowed Hamilton to get on the podium, a place which Hamilton agrees Nico deserved.
“Imagine the two Red Bulls crashing; you look like an idiot and he looks like an idiot. So we took a conservative approach. Because of where we were last year, it was a good call.” said Toto to AUTOSPORT.
“As a racing driver, deep inside him [Rosberg] is not happy about it,but he understands why that call was made. We are all grown ups and they are grown up. They are professional sportsmen and they understand that sometimes there can be a certain controversy in a certain situation.”
“We have sorted it out after the race, Ross and I sat down with the drivers and there is no issue any more, I am really happy that we don’t have this problem; that we have two team-mates who have a good relationship with each other; that we have a driver like Nico who has accepted a call that was not satisfying for him.
“We have no controversy in the team.” he said in finality.