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There's a bit of confusion about "team orders". In the bad old days we saw saw "team orders" being used to allow a team's No. 1 driver to pass the No. 2 driver when the No. 2 driver was in a leading position. Never a good look and not good for F1. The team orders given by Red Bull in the race yesterday were about preserving engine life when the team was in a 1-2 winning position and not being challenged by the following cars. In this situation it is completely reasonable for the team to instruct drivers early in the season to turn down the engine to preserve it for future races, and this was the instruction that Webber had complied with, on the understanding that he and his "team-mate" weren't racing for position. In 2014 with only 5 engines for the season there will be more of this. No team will want to be in a position where they can't contest the last 1 or 2 races of the season because an aggressive driver has used up all 5 engines.

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