Top 10 Team Orders Controversies in Formula One

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Top 10 Team Orders Controversies in Formula One
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The Japanese Grand Prix yet again saw the issue of team orders rear its ugly head as Felipe Massa received the instruction “multi-function strategy A now, please” which was a message to let teammate Fernando Alonso past.

Massa appeared not to observe the message to concede his fifth place position with Alonso having to fight his own way through.

It is not the first time this season that team orders have raised eyebrows.

Notably in Malaysia, it caused a stir when Sebastian Vettel chose to ignore his team’s “multi-21” order to maintain station behind Mark Webber and again at the recent Korean Grand Prix when Romain Grosjean was unhappy at being ordered to let Kimi Raikkonen overtake.

Team orders have always played a part in F1 over the years but have not always been popular for fans of the sport and drivers on the receiving end.

Here then are 10 of the most memorable and controversial in chronological order.

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