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Mercedes explain why team orders at Suzuka did 'make sense'

Mercedes says the team orders it enforced in the Japanese Grand Prix were aimed at protecting Lewis Hamilton even if the Briton considered that the tactic "made no sense". In the closing stages of the Japanese Grand Prix, the menacing Ferrari of Carlos Sainz was progressively chasing down the Mercedes of George Russell and Lewis Hamilton who were fourth and fifth in the running order at that point. As the Brackley squad's strategists assessed the situation, it was decided that Hamilton, on fresher tyres, would swap positions with Russell, a move questioned by the latter. But as Hamilton began to stretch his advantage over his teammate, and therefore over Sainz, Mercedes requested...
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