Team orders debate rumbles on

The never-ending debate about team orders is back in the spotlight this weekend as Ferrari returns to the scene of its embarrassment in Austria last year. Strangely, Michael Schumacher blames the media for the ban on team orders imposed by the FIA...

The never-ending debate about team orders is back in the spotlight this weekend as Ferrari returns to the scene of its embarrassment in Austria last year. Strangely, Michael Schumacher blames the media for the ban on team orders imposed by the FIA this season -- did he not notice the tens of thousands of booing fans at the A1-Ring last year while he waved to the crowd on taking Rubens' Barrichello's victory?

"It was purely down to you (the media) that team orders were changed," he remarked. Ferrari remains defiant and boss Jean Todt said the team's interests would always be paramount: "The interests of Ferrari will always be a priority. If we are in a position to decide, we will decide what's best," he commented.

FIA president Max Mosley said that while team decisions could not be controlled, what happens on track can give good indicators to any orders between drivers. He also gave a reminder that the FIA are the ones who decide the rules, not the teams.

"It's not up to Michael or Ferrari to agree to the rules, they just have to stick to them this year," he said. "We hope everyone will observe the rules to the letter this weekend -- and I hope for the people of Austria that they have a good race to make up for what happened here last year."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Jean Todt
Teams Ferrari