Team orders an exception, not a rule at Mercedes - Wolff

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Mercedes' Toto Wolff insists the team orders that governed the closing stages of Sunday's German Grand Prix will not become the norm at the Silver Arrows outfit for the remainder of the season.

Lewis Hamilton executed a stunning recovery drive at Hockenheim, inheriting the lead of the race after arch-rival Sebastian Vettel's demise, but with a feisty Valtteri Bottas snapping at his heels with just ten laps to go.

After challenging Hamilton on the restart that followed a six-lap safety car period, Bottas was told to hold station behind his team Mercedes team mate.

Wolff insists however the order was about "bringing it home" and recovering points for the Brackley squad, and was not an indication of Bottas' secondary status.

"No, absolutely not," he said.

"If it would have been the other way around with Valtteri in the lead and Lewis second we would have made the same call.

"Identical call. It was about bringing it home, we respected who was in the front.

"The most important thing in Formula 1 is racing," added Wolff.

"We've always said that if we get to the last quarter of the championship with one of the drivers having a big advantage, then we could take some unpopular measures.

"But the time for this has not yet come," stressed the Austrian.

"Today we used team tactics so that both cars were guaranteed to finish. As I said, if Valtteri had been leading, we would have made the decision in his favour."

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