F1 » Whitmarsh: Drivers should be free to race

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says drivers should be free to race in F1 and not forced to follow team orders

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March 28, 2013 3:31 PM

Hmmm it sounds all very very suspicious who wins, who loses etc... Seems like they would sacrifice anything and everything for the sake of the BIG SHOW!!!! It's not even racing anymore if this were true.

Beanaroundabit - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 4:10 PM

Solution to this, ban all radio communication with the driver during the race. The driver may talk to the team to advice them of problems with the car but the team can only respond using the pitboard or if tey need to stop the car they need to ask permission from Charlie Whiting to talk directly to the driver. All channels are monitored by the FIA.. any breech in this will result in a hefty fine for the teams.. The drivers should be free to race, if they take each other out then it is the teams responsibility to apply the correct punishment to the guilty party or both drivers... lets get racing again and allow these guys to push to the very end.....


March 28, 2013 4:25 PM

annoyed. i had a lot of problems too. i use IE, but i then downloaded firefox, and hey presto, no more problems.

on topic. whereas NO fia rule was broken, i am surprised that fia have not issued some form of statement. bearing in mind the comments of all sides on this issue, and the fact that team orders were absolutely ridiculous at this point in the season, i wonder why the fia has not charged rbr and merc for bringing the sport into disrepute???? a hefty fine for both is warranted.

Shakey - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 5:15 PM

Very simple situation. Take away all the fluff and the bluster and the rubbish. Vettel defied an order direct from his team.

Nothing else matters really at this stage.

Racing is dead? Perhaps. F1 is a commercial entity, not a sport any more. But the team principle's #1 focus is getting a 1-2 finish at every race to win the constructors championship. THAT is what pays the money.

Yes, drivers have egos and unless you're paid/beating into submission (Massa the former, Barrichello the latter) you want to win races, but you CANNOT defy your employer.

Red Bull had the 1-2 finish, Webber just so happened to be in front. Red Bull were content to let it stand (hell, they owe Webber a couple), but Vettel wasn't and directly risked 48 points.

Vettel had no excuse, and this time he didn't even have Marko to back him up.

Shakey - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 5:20 PM

Mercedes is a good example of what SHOULD have happened - Rosberg was faster, Rosberg was getting frustrated and wanted the podium, but the team order was for him to maintain 4th. Despite all the frustration he did as he was told. And that's the correct thing to do.

Was Mercedes protecting Lewis? Perhaps. But also Lewis was so low on fuel if Rosberg flew past then Lewis would have been vulnerable to losing 4th if anybody caught up with him.

Mercedes used Rosberg to protect the 3/4 finish, which is a mighty result for the team.

Anoynmous - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 8:04 PM

@Shakey Brawn deliberately lied to Nico to make sure the guy they paid a boatload of money for would finish ahead. And Lewis would not have been passed anyways. Brawn himself said during the race that the cars behind them were too far away to pass them at the pace they were currently at. I agree that the Red Bull guys screwed up, but lying isn't the way to go, and in my opinion, the team orders shouldn't have been issued in the first place and both guys should have been allowed to race, which is what ultimately happened.

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