F1 » Hill: Drivers have a right to race, fans want to see them race

Two former world champions - Jody Scheckter and Damon Hill - debate the latest 'team orders' row to have engulfed F1 following last weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. They are not entirely in agreement...

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July 14, 2011 5:35 PM

Damon should share his view with Ralf Schumacher! It is a team sport, other team sports such as football/soccer celebrate a golden boot winner, formula one has a drivers champion!

The View - Unregistered

July 14, 2011 6:11 PM

@James Montgomery

Situation was different then.

Wet race, poor visibility, and Schumi ran into the back of Coulthard earlier in the race.

Damon implied that he would race Ralf, i.e. not give up the lead easily, so it could have ended in disaster for the Jordan team.

All we know is, is Mark Webber was asked to hold station.

Maybe Seb Vettel implied he would race Mark, and not make it easy.....

James Montgomery

July 14, 2011 6:52 PM

Doesn't matter about the situation, the end result was the same, the Team Principal tell's their drivers to hold fire to maximise points.

As fans we may hate it, but they are there to win, whether it's their first win or 60th, a Team manager should always have the final word, as long as team-orders are legal, this will happen.. regardless of the drivers and fan's thoughts.

Winning the fan's hearts doesn't win you a championship.

I am just as annoyed as anyone else about the situation at Silverstone, but Horner could only base his decision on what has happened in the past, besides we don't know what was said over the radio.

Mark _

July 14, 2011 7:05 PM

Formula One is not intended to be about fair competition between teammates. If it was they would each have their own pit box. If Indycar and NASCAR can make it so that everyone can pit at the same time why can't F1? And speaking of pit boxes the new pits at Silverstone seem very tight.


July 14, 2011 9:15 PM

Facts as happened at the Belgian GP.
Pit radio to DH, Ralf is five seconds a lap quicker than you.
Pit radio to Ralf, you are three seconds faster than Demon you can catch Demon and you can win.
DH to pit radio, Ralf should back off I'm going to put something to you here and I think you'd better listen to this, if we race, if we tow race, we could end up with nothing, so it's up to Eddie, if we don't race each other we've got an opportunity to get first and second it's your chose.
Facts show that some people from a certain place specialises in hypocrisy.

JB - Unregistered

July 15, 2011 6:10 AM

Thats a comment from a buisness man not a racing driver.Just about two faced as they come,Hill has a very short memory as regards to positive driving as to his very negative style.

Dave Williams - Unregistered

July 15, 2011 8:22 AM

I have been a lifelong supporter of Damon but I find this statement, as mentioned in previous posts outragoues. I remember the Spa race and that radio communication from Damon to the team and I can't believe he has now come out and spoken against team orders. He has certainly gone down a peg or two in my estimation.

Team orders, like it or no, has always been a part of motor sport, wether it be two wheels or four, it's one of those things that sadly we all have to acknowledge and put up with and hope that they don't make it too blatant. I think myself like many can still remember Eddie Irvines mysterious brake problems whenever Schumi was coming up behind up and how badly Ferrari damamged the sport with team orders when Rubens was there. The FIA though will never change their minds though as long as Todt is at the helm

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