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Whether the decision to execute team orders was right or stupid is not the issue. The issue revolves around two words "team orders". Above all other forms of racing, Formula One is about discipline, from the mechanics in the pits to the drivers on the track. Without it anarchy prevails and people get hurt, or worse. Vettel was wrong, he let his immense ego get in the way of a direct order from team management. In another forum on the subject, a team principle said that, had it been him, he would have brought Vettel into the pits for a team "stop and go" just to make an important point. Of course, having been exposed to his antics and those of his mentor, the infamous "Schumi", I would not have bet that Vettel would have followed that team order. On the other hand, Rosberg, faced with the same dilemma, decided to follow Brawn's order. Cudos to Nico. Did I like the way the two scenarios played out? Certainly not. Formula One drivers are the best in the world and they take to the track to race so let them race. Unless the situation is life-threatening there should be no team orders.

Normally team orders are about a leading car slowing down to allow a trailing teammate to pass, so it is a little odd to have two teams issuing the opposite orders in the same race.

But I agree with Norris: what's the point in having a three time WDC on your team if you're going to ask him to go slow?

Wasn't Red Bull concerned that the tires would delaminate at the end of the race as they had for Hamilton (I believe it was) during practice? So, their team orders DID make sense....slow down, put less stress on the tires. Vettel took an unacceptable risk in ignoring those team orders because in passing he or Webber could have had a blowout and then where would we be?

No, the team principal should have called him in, or make him sit out the next race. Your boss is your boss, period. Failing that, next time Vettel chooses to ignore team orders Webber should just drive into the side of him, take them both out, and walk away from Red Bull mid-season. He's made millions....what's his integrity worth anyway?....he could just chuck the last year of salary and teach Vettel a lesson he won't soon forget. And, frankly, a lot of people would think more of him for doing that.

I heard a radio transmission from Simona de Silvestro that sounded like "something something tired" followed by a response about rear tires. The commentators (from NBC Sports) then discussed the state of her tires. Later there was mention of her saying phrase "all tired out" and commentary about here tires being shot, the car driving like a forklift, etc. At no time did Diffey and crew refer to her physical state. Was that a comment from the Canadian commentators, or a misunderstanding?

As to Michael Schumacher following team orders? Following the broken leg at Silverstone, he certainly supported Eddie Irvine.

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