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.