Sauber driver Pedro de la Rosa has urged the F1 fraternity and media to “turn the page” in the wake of the team orders scandal that engulfed Ferrari after the German Grand Prix.
Journalists and photographers literally hounded Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa during their walks through the Budapest paddock on Thursday, mere days after switching positions for Alonso to win the Hockenheim race.
A week later, the scandal is still the headline act in Formula 1, but de la Rosa – who is a fellow Spaniard and drives a Ferrari-powered Sauber, we will add – sided with a ban on team orders.
“We must turn the page and not discuss this nonsense anymore,” he told Spain’s EFE news agency. “We need to legalise it, because you cannot lie to the spectators; team orders have always existed and will always exist because this is a team sport.”
De la Rosa added that he would move aside for team-mate Kamui Kobayashi if it “makes sense for the good of the team”, he said.
“I understand very well and I think the whole world does as well that this is a team sport. In the first race it would be absurd, but after the halfway point of the championship, team orders seem logical to me,” he added.
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