The Malaysian Grand Prix got a little ugly...if you listened to the radio transmissions. Sebastian Vettel ignored team orders to let his teammate Mark Webber win the race and Nico Rosberg was getting hot under the collar because Mercedes wouldn't let him pass his teammate, Lewis Hamilton. Oh, the joys of team orders.
I’m not a fan of team orders. For those that don’t know, team orders is where a team will ask one of their drivers give away to their teammate to enable the other driver win or score points.
I don’t like team orders because it’s not right. Sport is about the best competitor winning. I get having teammates work together to benefit the team by slipstreaming during qualifying to help get a better time or not taking each other out, but actively telling one driver to sacrifice their position in a race for the betterment of their teammate is wrong. It cheapens the results, the sport and the spectator. I don’t care if a teammate doing better than the other will ruin the other teammate’s championship position. That’s racing.
And even if you benefit from team orders, it’s no fun because everyone knows your win is handed to you, so it’s a hollow victory. Who wants a championship title that comes with an asterisk next to it.