Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has said that the team will always be most important and he would not tolerate a driver who put himself first. Commenting on team orders, di Montezemolo believes it is part of the spirit of the sport, to work for the team as a whole, and drivers should put the interest of the team ahead of their own.
"For us, the team is the number one element," he said, according to the BBC. "To win in F1 you need the right mechanics, the correct strategy, the best suppliers, the top drivers; the whole team, in other words. Team orders have always been in the spirit of the sport. In cycling and long distance running, team orders are always prevalent -- but nobody complains there."
"There needs to be a middle-ground but we cannot forget how important the teams are. I will never allow an individual to think for his best interests and then to the team. We'll respect the public and the sport but the drivers need to think of the team's interest before thinking of their own gain."
One of the FIA's new rulings on Formula One was to ban team orders that change the outcome of a race after Ferrrari sparked outrage when Rubens Barrichello was ordered to move over for Michael Schumacher at the end of the Austrian Grand Prix. How Ferrari will approach next season with the new rule in place is the subject of much speculation.