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Kimi: No issues with Ferrari-branded ‘team orders’ at Sochi

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Kimi: No issues with Ferrari-branded 'team orders' at Sochi

Kimi: No issues with Ferrari-branded ‘team orders’ at Sochi (Images © Ferrari F1)

Kimi Raikkonen says he has no problem playing a supportive team role if it will help his teammate Sebastian Vettel win the 2015 title, and labelling team orders “a normal thing”.

Indeed, with German Vettel now moving into second place behind Lewis Hamilton, some suspected Ferrari-branded ‘team orders’ were already in play at Sochi last Sunday.

Raikkonen appeared to let the similarly red-clad Vettel past even before being asked to by Ferrari on the radio.

Turun Sanomat, a Finnish newspaper, quoted Raikkonen as explaining afterwards: “He went past me when I was not able to take the previous corners properly.

“The rules say that I had to let him past. That’s all.”

The Finn was referring to F1’s actual rules, where if a driver gains an advantage by driving off the track, he has to cede the position to his rival or face a penalty.

But Raikkonen also referred to the ‘rules’ of engagement at Ferrari, a team that always emphasises the significance of the team above the individual.

“We know the rules,” Raikkonen said, “so it’s normal. I am not fighting for the championship, so we will do our best for the benefit of the team. That’s not an issue.” (ThisisF1/GMM)

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