Boullier reluctant to impose team orders

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Lotus team principal Eric Boullier believes it is unwise to impose team orders so early on in the season following the fall-out from Red Bull’s “Multi 21” scandal.

“We should not have team orders so early in the season, not while the championship is at such an early stage,” he explained. “When it happens you need to fix it and fix it quickly.”

However, the Frenchman admitted that team orders were unavoidable in the sport, albeit immoral.

“It happens because of the adrenaline and excitement of winning a race, but I think in Formula 1 it should not happen.

“Don’t forget that the drivers are paid to work for you, as they are for the company.”

Boullier also inferred that Sebastian Vettel should be sanctioned by Red Bull for ignoring team orders in Malaysia.

“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.

“One of our drivers [Kimi Raikkonen] is famous for doing pretty much what we wants, but when you have 600 people behind you, there is a certain respect you must have for the team.”

Lotus are fortunate enough to have two comparatively relaxed drivers, with Kimi Raikkonen clearly leading the team. However, when he has raced Romain Grosjean on track, Lotus have allowed the drivers to race, with Raikkonen stamping his authority with a hard-but-fair move on Grosjean in Hungary last season.

Holmatro, INDYCAR renew partnership in five-year extension

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Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.

“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”

Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.

“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”