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What does ‘allowed to race’ mean?

Formula 1 is unique in as much as a driver’s teammate can be their biggest competitor. Each team has two cars fighting for the constructor’s title and two contract drivers each fighting for the driver’s title.

A driver’s performance is benchmarked against his teammate so they often find themselves battling for position. When drivers are allowed to race it means the team is leaving them to work it out on track. The opposite is ‘team orders’, where the team gives the drivers instructions, such as, “swap positions”.

One of the worst scenarios for a team is their own cars taking each other out of the race through an unnecessary incident.

In order to finish first, first you have to finish.

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