Carlos Sainz says he expects more occasions where himself and Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Max Verstappen will come up against team orders, declaring he will not simply move over if they are on the same strategy.
Verstappen ran into criticism during the opening round after making a series of outbursts on the team radio demanding he be allowed past by Sainz as he felt he was faster. However, the team wouldn't tell Sainz to cede his position as they were on the same strategy, with a frustrated Verstappen eventually spinning when he clipped his team-mate.
Though Sainz has maintained a relaxed attitude about the spat, even if he feels Verstappen's actions were unnecessary, he admits he wouldn't be surprised if it is a scenario that will repeat itself in 2016.
“We are always very close on track, in qualifying and everything, so the result is defined by the small details at the end. There will be occasions probably that will be like in Melbourne, but I think hopefully I am mature enough to handle the situation to get the most out of my personal result and the result of the team.
“In the end that's what we're here for, to help the team score P5 in the championship and I'm sure that if we manage that, Toro Rosso and Red Bull will be really happy with both of us.”
With this in mind, Sainz says the 'team orders' laid out by Toro Rosso are very clear for both drivers and he is prepared to fight Verstappen on track if they are on the same strategy regardless of whom might be quicker.
“If we are not on the same strategy, we are on different strategies and Max is coming from behind on the supersoft and I'm on the medium there would be no point in fighting him. If we are on the same strategy, if we are both on the same tyre, predicted pretty much the same stop lap and the same tyres to the end of the race I would be more than happy to fight Max for position.
“I'll fight with Max and fight with all the other 20 drivers out there. It's what I came to Formula One for, to fight the best 21 drivers of the world and I'm here. It's what excites me, not to ask for someone to let me past or something like that.”