F1 » Boullier: Too early for team orders

Eric Boullier says it was too early in the season for Red Bull to employ team orders in the Malaysian Grand Prix

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April 05, 2013 10:23 PM

re: "Lotus boss Eric Boullier has insisted that he wouldn't seek to impose team orders on Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean at such an early stage of the season"

tell ya what, let's put this on the shelf for now and then revisit it such time that you are the defending 3x champs. deal...?

Mark _

April 06, 2013 12:45 AM

@regteamoz - I would have a hard time calling team orders match fixing given that this is a team sport and not an individual sport. The closest thing to match fixing in F1 that I can think of was when the Williams team allowed Hakkinen / McLaren to win at Jerez in 1997. Otherwise it is just strategy for the benefit of the team.

Ron - Unregistered

April 06, 2013 8:01 AM

@rex - the team giving raikkonen instructions is hardly team orders, his race engineer was merely informing him of what was needing to be done and all the race parameters, i feel you've greatly misunderstood what team orders are.

@shamarone - 3 times champs or not, the point still stands from EB. Mercedes ordered their drivers not to pass too so while he only mentioned RB he was offering comment on all instances

The fact remains that while both drivers still have a realistic shot at the title, it is unfair to ask a faster driver on track not to pass his team mate. What would happen if both drivers didnt win the title and, take Rosberg for talkings sake, lost the title by a couple of points? It would have been team orders at this very early stage of the season that would have cost him dearly, his own team would have given the title away. I maintain while both drivers have a realistic shot at the title then team orders should not be allowed, when one is more favoured than another towar


April 06, 2013 2:03 PM

Team orders used in GP/F1 racing are grossly misunderstood by a lot of followers the result being different and mostly partisan opinion.
The nature of F1 makes it a team sport as such the right of teams making use of team orders to safeguard their interests cannot be taken away from them.
It is wrong (and I consider it childish) to believe and argue that a team will favour one driver over the other in a personal way.
The first priority/interest of a team are to safeguard constructor points in what they believe is the best way and so making use of what they believe to be their best driver position at the time such orders are used.
It should be remembered that it is the constructor's championship which gets cash to a team and not the driver's championship.


April 10, 2013 10:51 AM

Webber could not race Vettell because his engine performance had been adjusted to conserve fuel etc. Vettell had been told to hold station so therefore overtook Webber when Webber had no chance of fighting back due to the performance being reduced.

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