swca92 wrote:I wouldn't mind team orders that much if they disguised it well enough. But to do it so blatantly and make up rubbish about Massa making a mistake upshifting is insulting to F1 fans intelligence.
The obvious nature of it I find much worse than the use of team orders, because every team does it. McLaren did it this way, telling Button to not race with Hamilton by telling him he had to save the car. I don't mind that, it was done with intelligence. Ferrari did it with stupidity, it was about as sly as hiding an elephant in a phone box.
Well not racing your teammate is something understandable when you are going to make a 1-2. For example, Jordan in 98 at Spa, when they give RSC the order not to attack Hill ( and they clearly said it was a team order ). Or McLaren at the Istanbul GP this year. The best example is still the RedBull crash at the same GP . But here, Massa was going to win the GP but they forced him to let pass Alonso. The "sorry" said by a mechanic, probably Smedley, confirm surely that it was an order.
Again, if they ask Massa to let through Alonso because somebody else is infront and Alonso is actually blocked by Massa, it will be OK, it would be like at Indy 2006 when Alonso was forced to let pass Fisichella to let him battle with the Ferraris, but here it was nearly the same scenario as Austria 2001/2002 . Morever, Massa is not out of the race for the title yet!
It's a shame because after seeing a great Alonso yesterday in qualifying, today we've seen Alonso winning just because he couldn't overtake Massa in a legal way and Ferrari forced Massa to let Alonso through...