Rosberg moving on from Hungary team orders debate

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Nico Rosberg has brought an end to the team orders debate at Mercedes that dominated much of the media in the aftermath of the Hungarian Grand Prix, saying that he has spoken to the team about the issue and is now moving on.

The German driver started on pole at the Hungaroring, but dropped back following a rain shower and early safety car period. He was soon battling for position with Hamilton, and was told that the Briton would allow him past as he was on a different strategy.

However, Hamilton did not follow the orders given to him by the team. He told his engineer that he would only let Rosberg past if he was in a position to overtake. As he did not get close enough, Rosberg was forced to sit behind Hamilton for the entirety of his stint.

Come the checkered flag, Rosberg was just half a second behind his teammate, meaning that his championship lead was cut by three points. After the race, he did not pass comment on the matter, but appeared to be frustrated. Speaking about it in Belgium ahead of this weekend’s race though, he says that he has moved on from it.

“I gather it was a bit of a mess [in the media] afterwards,” Rosberg explained. “So it’s best I don’t add too much I think and I continue to not give too many details.

“In general of course, we discussed it after the race, just because it’s important to review a situation like that and know how to move forward.

“Now we’re moving forward but of course, I have also learned various things from that race which I will try to adapt for the future.”

As the battle for the championship rages on, many saw this incident as the latest in a long line of intra-team tensions at Mercedes in 2014. However, with the summer break giving both drivers a chance to cool down and relax, they will be hoping to settle their scores in the second half of the season.

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.