Whitmarsh: Drivers are free to race

Saturday 24-March-2012 10:01

Martin Whitmarsh says he won't impose team orders on his drivers as for the second successive grand prix they line-up first and second on the grid.

At the previous race in Australia, Lewis Hamilton started from pole position only to be beaten into the first corner by his team-mate Jenson Button. From there the 2009 World Champ stormed off, taking the first win of the season.

There could be more of the same this weekend in Malaysia after the British pair once again locked-out the front row with Hamilton in the lead.

And although two drivers fighting at the front could spell disaster, Whitmarsh insists he won't be issuing any orders to his drivers.

"I'm proud of the team and the drivers, but it's a long, hard race," the McLaren team boss told the BBC.

"Lewis and Jenson are free to do what they want to do.

"Lewis will feel he wants to come out of first corner in the lead after what happened in Australia. For us it will be a little bit tense for the first few seconds of the race."

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