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I agree with Steve. If Webber hadn't accepted team orders and turned his engine down he would most probably have won the race.
The cost would have been unnecessary engine wear, with the increased risk of having to change an engine sooner than planned. It's not just about winning individual races - it's about winning the championship.
Team orders are an inevitable part of modern F1 racing, because the drivers don't have full knowledge of the technical condition of their vehicles, and aren't necessarily best placed to make decisions designed to preserve the life of the engine and transmission for future races.
This will get even tougher in 2014 when teams are limited to just 5 engines for the season (currently 8).
Drivers who are not prepared to drive to team instructions might just find themselves without a contract.