GPl Archives 10 April 2013 Issue #66 - Page 48

ormula 1 drivers have a duty to obey team orders, Lotus principal Eric Boullier said on Friday as the after-shocks of Sebastian Vettel’s controversial Malaysian Grand Prix win rumbled on. World champion Vettel triumphed for Red Bull in Sepang after ignoring instructions to stay in second place behind Australian team mate Mark Webber. “Team orders are part of the sport,” Boullier declared in a preview of next week’s Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. “Sometimes it seems that emotion takes over, but don’t forget that the drivers are paid to work for you, as they are for the company. I don’t see any people in the world who could disobey their company and not be sanctioned, or at least give clarification as to why they’ve disobeyed.” “Yes, one of our drivers is famous for doing pretty much what he wants, but when you have 600 people behind you, there is a certain respect you must have for the team,” insisted Boullier. Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion with Ferrari, won last month’s seasonopening Australian Grand Prix for Lotus and is the team’s clear number one alongside Frenchman Romain Grosjean. F