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F1 in a twist over team orders

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Jonathan Legard | 13:09 UK time, Friday, 30 July 2010

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In Hungary

Formula 1 is in a fix. Over team orders. To keep the ban as it is or bin it - that's the question.

Or is there a middle way that would see the sport's law-makers provide a clarification that would specify precisely the circumstances when a team would be allowed to apply team orders and when they wouldn't?

Over the last two days here at the Hungaroring, I've canvassed opinion among leading members of teams in the pit-lane - team principals, team managers, technical directors and managing directors - who, it has to be said, all have their own agendas and specific team interests.

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Schumacher's struggles come into focus

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Jonathan Legard | 16:10 UK time, Friday, 23 July 2010

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By guaranteeing that he will be driving in Formula 1 in 2011, Michael Schumacher has at least silenced the growing speculation that his comeback would be a one-year wonder.

But the doubters and the critics remain to be convinced that he will ever recapture the brilliance that set him apart from his rivals and took him to a record haul of seven world titles.

Even a number of current drivers appear to be unimpressed by what they have seen of him over the first half of the season.

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McLaren have Red Bull in their sights

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Jonathan Legard | 18:22 UK time, Friday, 9 July 2010


What a difference a year makes - not just for Silverstone, with its grand prix future guaranteed well into the next decade, but for McLaren, Formula 1's championship leaders at the midway point of the year.

From the depths of the 2009 early season debacle - when Lewis Hamilton was lapped here and struggled in third last - the Woking-based team now believe they could be on the verge of seizing the title initiative if their new exhaust-blown diffuser performs on track as expected.

For the first time in 2010, team insiders are targeting pole position on merit.
Hamilton's qualifying success in Canada last month owed much to circuit-specific characteristics - their extra F-duct-inspired straight-line speed worked to the MP4-25's advantage.

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