F1 » F1 2011 POLL: Was Red Bull right to impose team orders?


We want to hear your thoughts and views on Red Bull Racing's contentious decision to call off the brewing fight between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the closing stages of last weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone

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Spaghettieddie - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 3:03 PM

I would have preferred they did not impose the order but then again who am I to say what is the right thing to do. It is legal this year to use a team order so....I think the powers that be did not want to take a chance with two drivers that are polar opposites of each other as far as their personalities go but exactly the same as far as their desire to beat each other. Tough nut to crack IMO! Looks like Mark is fed up with it, looks and sounds like RBR have reached the end of their rope with him. Crazy situation but still have quite a few races left, it will be interesting to see what happens over the course of this season and into next.:)

Spaghettieddie - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 3:12 PM

Mark, I figure you hit the nail on the head yesterday but...Mark might have seen the writing on the wall a while back and that might answer why he told Horner to go toss. Not sure but it makes sense to me? :)

Calvin _

July 12, 2011 3:14 PM

From the team's point of view, probably. Although there are arguments that if MW had overtaken SV, the team's haul would have been the same and the situation of MW would have been stronger without much of an effect on SV.

From a fans point of view however, a definite NO.

From a moral point of view, if CH hadn't have got o high and mighty after last years German GP, it might have gone un-noticed.

Caroline - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 3:18 PM

The team's money comes from constructors points not drivers, so the team's interests have to come first, or there won't be a team for a driver to drive for.

If Webber doesn't like it, or doesn't want to be a team player he can go elsewhere.

Maybe next year he can go to Hispania or Virgin and be their de facto number one driver, or will we see him still at RBR, taking their big fat cheques?

The turkey - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 3:26 PM

RBR have the right to impose team orders.
They were right to issue them to protect their points and cars
But: in so doing they have moved their image from a fresh, dynamic sporting team to a conservative, risk-averse business. I want to see racing not accountancy on the track.
Thumbs up to Mark for having the balls to ignore orders and have a go, backing his and Seb's skills not to end up in the wall. If this affects his future at RBR then he's better off out of there.

Anna - Unregistered

July 12, 2011 3:35 PM

Absolutely agree with The Turkey. They are perfectly entitled to give team orders and you can totally understand not wanting to risk a decent points haul for the team - it's the same as McLaren did in Turkey last year (when, incidentally, team orders were illegal, but no-one noticed). BUT it is complete hypocrisy given what they rode their high horse about last year re Ferrari. Not that anyone really thought that things were equal in Red Bull anyway... otherwise why did Webber hide his shoulder injury? He clearly didn't feel equal then! No problem with having a favoured driver, just be honest about it.

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