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Regarding the Red Bull team order: the interesting question would be, if Red Bull would order a “multi 21” like back in the day and favour the so called number 2 driver, would Max actually comply? Or would he be like Vettel and ignore it (like most champions would).
It is easy for Max to always hail Perez for his compliance, but how would he react in a Malysia-like situation??
I think the #1 and #2 drivers are typically set, for a top team, within the first five races of a season. If Perez won the first few races and was leading the championship race, he would be the #1. Primarily teams want to earn the most team points, the driver points are secondary. That said, they also want to keep their drivers happy so they re-sign. For that same reason, Mercedes have to be careful with George. If they start showing favour to Lewis, despite trailing in points, and try asking George to move over, he will move over.… Read more »
That would be a very slippery slope for Merc. Asking George to move while leading in the points would put serious pressure on the team and George. Lewis has a hole to dig out of on merit. The team could get creative about strategy and manage the results a bit through strategy and pit stops to get Lewis out front but George is a sharp cookie and he’ll know if that happens. Until Lewis starts beating George on Saturday and Sunday, the team has to be very delicate in how they manage this.
It’s different with Sergio because he’s not leading the title race. If he was, same rules would apply.
I think with RBR, they knew who was the #1 driver before they even turned a wheel.
True. Malaysia 2013 was, if memory serves, the second race of the season, so technically Mark was still in the title race. But my question remains: would Max have complied if he would have been in Vettels situation on that day? Given the current dynamics within Red Bull we will unfortunately not find out. :-)
I’m not sure he would. Like most champions and potential champions, they aren’t interested in being a wing man for their teammate. Seb, Lewis, Fernando, Max, Schumacher, Mika, et. al.
Regarding the porpoising, if the teams can’t get it dialed in, I would hope the FIA would allow a same-part for the cars where they could set a pressure point for suction to allow air in so the suction wouldn’t bottom out. That way they could keep the ground effect going without shaking the brains out the drivers. ~X8