McLaren could use team orders, but not yet

By on Thursday, August 30, 2012

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McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh has said that team orders may be used as the Formula One title fight reaches its climax.

However, Whitmarsh denied speculation that Jenson Button, 88 points behind Fernando Alonso in the championship, could play second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton, 47 points behind Alonso, from the Belgian Grand Prix.

"There may well come a point [when team orders are used], but there are still many races left and many points on offer - things can change quickly," he said.

"With the performance we were showing going into the break, we should be focused on winning more races and contesting for the championship. It's wide open and we're in contention."

Whitmarsh added that "McLaren prides itself on going into each championship giving both drivers equal opportunity to win races and fight for the championship."

"We therefore have to be measured in terms of when we talk to those drivers about putting their support behind the other."

"The good news for fans and for both drivers is that I can assure you both drivers will be going into the Belgian Grand Prix trying to win the race and as a team, we will do our best to allow them to do so."

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