Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is glad that Ferrari did not implement team orders during the final stages of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday to allow Sebastian Vettel to surpass his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen, into second place, as the decision would have been 'brutal'.
The decision from Ferrari meant that Vettel did not earn a more significant points lead ahead of Hamilton, and when asked if he was relieved at this, Wolff said there was no cause for relief after a poor weekend.
“There is not much to be relieved about from this race. It’s been painful overall," he replied.
Wolff did, however, that team orders could be implemented by Mercedes further down the line if it meant gaining a championship advantage, even if the situation isn't a desirable one.
“We are at race nine, there’s a long way to go and I think we owe it to the fans – and it’s also the racing mindset that we have – that we won’t be playing for a drivers’ championship in June or July,” the Mercedes team principal added.
“Obviously towards the end of the season, if you go into the last third of the championship and you see there is a solid advantage for one of the drivers, this is the unfortunate situation within any racing team that you need to look at the situation.
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