Team orders: a necessary evil
In general, there seems to be a very negative reaction from the fans to what Mercedes did in Sochi. I understand their frustration, but Toto Wolff did the right thing to make the call for the championship, but they made too much of a meal out of the execution of the plan.
Let me start this column with a clear opinion: I dislike team orders. Like every other true fan, I don’t want to see race results being determined by anything other than the action on track. However, I’ve also watched and been around Formula One teams for long enough to understand that it is just a necessary evil that’s been a part of the sport for many years, and will be for many years to come.
A look across the history of F1 tells us that team orders aren’t new. Forget being let by, Ferrari helped the great Juan Manuel Fangio by making his teammate Peter Collins stop and give up his car to win a championship, while Tony Brooks did the same in Aintree in 1957 to give Stirling Moss his car and share the victory of the British Grand Prix. Gilles Villeneuve, who was in many people’s mind the ultimate racer, understood the team game and gave up his chance to be World Champion in 1979 by