HAMILTON: I DIDN'T KNIFE NICO.
Byline: FROM BYRON YOUNG in Budapest
LEWIS HAMILTON roared defiance over the Hungary team orders controversy - and said he was not worried about costing team-mate Nico Rosberg victory.
After one of the comeback drives of the decade in the Hungarian Grand Prix, the 29-year-old denied he is a "ruthless bloody-minded rebel" for ignoring team orders. And Hamilton insisted he is looking forward to a "gloves off" title scrap with Rosberg as Mercedes admit - with the constructors championship virtually won - it is time to ditch team orders completely.
"It's definitely great," said Hamilton when told the news. "There will be scenarios where it will be sensible for the team to do that.
"If I was in 10th and I could hinder Nico getting points for the team that's a position I'd never want to be in.
"But it is a different thing when we are racing each other for position."
Hamilton was less accommodating after claims his defiance of team orders could have cost Rosberg victory in Sunday's race.
The pair finished third and fourth behind winner Daniel Ricciardo after Hamilton ignored team orders to move aside for the German.
"I did not cost Nico a win," he insisted. "I was racing him, why would I be concerned about that? "I don't think I was being ruthless or bloody-minded. I was doing my job.
"It is not about questioning authority. I am hired to race and bring in points for the team. I am also hired to be me and race my heart out. "
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