F1 » Team orders bad for team morale, says Button

Former F1 World Champion Jenson Button has re-iterated his distaste for the practice of team orders - one he describes as bad for team morale - but he is confident their new legalisation will not lead to an explosion of incidents like that of Hockenheim, 2010...

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Alan D - Unregistered

February 06, 2011 7:00 PM

Way back years ago Mclaren put two top drivers in the team, possibly it was Prost and Lauda, and I remember Murray Walker asking how Mclaren were going to decide which one was the number one driver and being quite shocked to discover there wasn't one. Whilst people on here are always going on about favouritism within Mclaren, fact is they were one of the first (if not the very first) of teams to say "We don't favour one driver over the other". That was a real rarity, and hardened journalists went round shaking their heads in disbelief that a team would be so foolish as to do that.

So if Jenson dislikes team orders, at least he is in a team that won't relegate him to the number two driver, there only to support the number one driver.


February 06, 2011 9:05 PM

Richard,, fernando says he knows nothing of this team order stuff. And Button should count his blessing instead of complaining as to what team orders do to a team. He protest too much. If he was a man of his words he would have retired this year.


February 06, 2011 9:44 PM

rob. i dont know about alonso, but i reckon he knew that lulu was the favoured one. but you are right about button. he did say he wouldnt race with team orders, yet he accepted them last year, and now again this year. but there again, it is easy to say these things, but harder to act.


February 06, 2011 10:06 PM

The problems wasn't on Lewis's end. FA expected to be number one. You know, treated like a Ferrari driver. His problem was his ego and it cost him dearly. As far as team orders last year. I think some of the McL haters look for anything to grasp and hold onto. And the sacasism I used with Fernando when he got past Massa last year. He said he knew nothing about it. Fernando has finally found the PERFECT team for his skill set.


February 08, 2011 10:18 AM

You know whats bad for team morale, the strong points of a driver being able to keep his tires together rather than putting in fast laps and challeging his rivals. I hope he gets faster or give the seat to someone with grow potential rather then marketing value over an overated WDC. I dont dislike button but without his WDC (wich in reality he earned by beating barichello) I doubt he would be in the position he is in now

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