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5 Team-Order Controversies That Shamed Formula 1

Team orders have been a part of Formula One since the first world championship was held in 1950. Most teams used them to some degree or another, and not just in the modern, "move aside" manner; in the days when such things were allowed, it wasn't uncommon for a driver to be asked to give up his car to the team leader. Juan Manuel Fangio benefited from this practice three times in seven races on his way to the 1956 drivers' title and nobody batted an eyelid. F1 progressed through the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and into the 1990s. Teams continued to openly favour one driver over the other—and no one really minded. Maybe team orders were unfair, and certainly some fans didn't like them, but F1 was a team sport. The teams were entitled to ask th...

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