Team orders ready to haunt Mercedes

Team orders ready to haunt Mercedes

Team orders have always been a fact of life in grand prix racing. As EDD STRAW explains, sooner or later, perhaps even in Malaysia on Sunday, F1's dominant team will have to make some tough decisions

Last year's Malaysian Grand Prix was all about team orders. The Red Bull 'multi 21' controversy was one of the biggest stories of the year after Sebastian Vettel ran roughshod over instructions to hold station behind team-mate Mark Webber.

Had Vettel not blasted into the lead at the start of lap 46, the news cycle would still have been dominated by team orders. Instead, the attention would have been upon Mercedes, which ordered the faster Nico Rosberg to hold station behind Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages rather than taking third place.

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