With the benefit hindsight it did. It could have also lost them the win by Raikkonen being bottled up and allowed Hamilton to get them both. The order in Germany 2010 was given for this very reason because Massa was running quite a slow pace and both Ferrari's were being caught by Vettel in 3rd place.GingerFurball wrote:Keeping Raikkonen behind Vettel in Hungary maximised Ferrari's points haul for the weekend.lamo wrote:If you think Mercedes were the only team to use team orders this years you need to look at Kimi Raikkonens lap times once Vettel pitted in Hungary. He was 1.6 seconds quicker and ordered to pit to prevent him taking the lead.Blake wrote:
I am well aware of what #1 status means, lamo. I am well aware of what hypocrisy means.
Historically, Mercedes have used team orders to maximise the race result regardless of driver. This happened in a race in 2013 when Hamilton was asked to move over for Rosberg, Hungary 2014, Monaco 2016, Bahrain 2017 and Hungary 2017. This may change in the future but every time they have issued an order it was to improve the teams points haul at that race.
The order in Hungary was to maximise Vettel and gained the team nothing in terms of points for that race. The same as all the other high profile Ferrari team orders, they didn't gain any team points just moved more toward the guy going for the championship - which is of course sensible. Mercedes will almost certainly move toward this method now too.
Also running your cars within 1.5 seconds of one another is a strategy usually avoided when you have another car right behind, because if a SC comes up you have to stack and the 2nd car gets overtaken. If the SC came out in the last 20-30 laps in Hungary, Hamilton might have won or at least got Kimi when everybody pitted and if Ferrari stayed out, he probably would have got them both on track judging by the pace Max had with just a small tyre offset to the Ferrari.