Perhaps the most blatant and controversial use of team orders came at the Austrian Grand Prix of 2002.
Rubens Barrichello had driven a superb race and was cruising to a deserved victory when he was ordered to let team leader Michael Schumacher past. The reason was so he could collect the maximum points in his race for the drivers’ championship.
Barrichello obliged and slowed to let Schumacher past on the last lap to the jeers of the crowd that continued throughout the podium ceremony. In response, Schumacher allowed Barrichello up on to the top step of the podium and even gave him the winners’ trophy.
As a result, Barrichello, Schumacher and Ferrari were fined one million U.S. dollars for the failure to observe Article 170 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations concerning the podium ceremony.
In the wake of the incident, the FIA banned the use of team orders to affect the result of a race.