Hill: Drivers want to race each other

Friday 15th July 2011

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Hill: Drivers want to race each other

Hill: Drivers want to race each other

Although Damon Hill says he understands why Red Bull used team orders at Silverstone, he feels drivers should be "entitled to race each other".

Red Bull created a storm when they ordered Mark Webber to "maintain the gap" in his fight with team-mate Sebastian Vettel over second place in the British Grand Prix.

After the race, team boss Christian Horner explained that it was for the good of the team as Red Bull could not afford to lose points if the two had taken each other out of the race.

And although Hill says he understands Horner's argument, he still feels drivers should be permitted to race as this is what they do.

"It would have been very sad if it had ended up in a collision between Sebastian and Mark, but I have to speak up for drivers," Hill told the BBC.

"I think they also have a licence or a right to be able to race whenever they want to, and it's their call as to whether they are able to manage that overtaking manoeuvre on their team-mate or not without taking him off.

"The fans want to see racing, so I think there's some discussion that needs to happen in the sport about how you manage that. I understand the investment, I understand the commitment and the work and the time and everything, but ultimately, you can't stop racing drivers from racing each other.

"As the rules stand, (team bosses) have to make those calls, but I think it could be adapted so that there could be no recrimination to the team or the team principal for not instructing his drivers one way or another, because it's understood that the drivers are entitled to race each other - and really at the end of the day, that's what people buy their tickets for."

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