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Re: F1 2013 thread
A lot of team orders being used here. I'm adamantly against them. You earn your keep. F1 drivers are specifically designed for winning so being able to cleanly overtake is something of an essential quality. At times the teams just don't have that trust in their drivers. McLaren have done with Hamilton and Button previously and most of the time it worked out (Canada 2011 being an exception) so it's definitely possible. That being said, if your team mate is under the impression you're going to hold station, have the courtesy to say that you're ignoring the team orders before launching an attack. Webber didn't see it coming and the move turned out to be quite dangerous.
As for Mercedes, Hamilton said it best and my respect for him has increased after his comments on the podium. Whatever your opinion of Hamilton he's not the guy who asks for team orders to be implemented. Pretty disgusted with Brawn and the pit crew though. I understand bringing your cars back in one piece but at the end of the day, Hamilton was never going to lose any more positions and Rosberg was the quicker car. Nico could have driven past on the straight safely (which he did one time actually) easily so I don't understand why Mercedes would do that.
Helmut Marko's comments were interesting. We all know he isn't Webber's biggest fan and treats Seb like a son. He wasn't altogether happy with proceedings either though. He was able to get a stab at Merc though saying that they had a clear No.1 and No.2 driver. That might drive a wedge.
One standout performance was Button in the Macca. Did a phenomenal job in that car and unfortunately a pit stop error cost him 5th place at least. The way Button was setting fast lap times trying to get back into the points before retiring told me he may have had a podium shout with Lewis' fuel issues. But this was less likely. Man of the race for me.