Tost: 'It's pointless banning team orders'

Thursday 04th April 2013, 08:00 by TF1T Staff 

Scuderia Toro Rosso, Getty Images

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost says he's somewhat against the use of team orders, but says banning them is a pointless exercise as they've always existed within the sport, even when they weren't allowed under the sporting regulations.

"Generally I am not a great fan of team orders, because we want to see battles and overtaking manoeuvres," he told SpeedWeek.

"Therefore, we keep it to an absolute minimum at Toro Rosso."

The debate over whether team orders should be used so blatantly at such an early point in the season has reignited after Sebastian Vettel ignored his team's demand to stay behind Mark Webber in Malaysia.

The Italian doesn't believe re-banning their use would change anything.

"Team orders have always been there in some form [even when they were banned], so it's pointless to ban them again," he added.

Meanwhile, he confirmed Toro Rosso would bring a new exhaust layout, rear-wing and chassis modifications to the Chinese Grand Prix in a bid to get on top of their performance woes after Daniel Ricciardo admitted to be underwhelmed by the STR8.

LATEST FORMULA 1 NEWS

MERCEDES

Lauda would have done the same as Hamilton

FERRARI

Alonso: 'Second place tastes like a victory'

MCLAREN

Button says McLaren threw away a good result

MERCEDES

Hamilton says he was right to ignore team orders

Hungary GP | Race Result

Ricciardo wins sensational Hungarian GP in style

MCLAREN

Honda wants points in every race and expects wins