Boullier: Too early for orders
Eric Boullier disagrees with Red Bull and Mercedes' decision to issue team orders so early in the F1 season but says drivers who disobey should be sanctioned.
"Team orders are part of the sport. You have two main strategies to run a team," said the Frenchman.
"You might favor one driver, clearly stating 'driver number one' and 'driver number two' if your target is chasing the Drivers' Championship title.
"Alternatively you have both drivers equal, as this is the way you want to go racing, meaning the team holds a lot of importance. The team gives both drivers the same cars, the same conditions, the same performance, but there is a commitment from the team to the drivers.
"In that case I can understand team orders, because you are working for the team, not for the drivers; they are working for you.
"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."
"Firstly, we should not have team orders so early in the season; not while the championship is at such an early stage. When it happens you need to fix it and fix it quickly.
"Yes, one of our drivers if 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."