Vettel in favour of 'not having team orders ever'

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Sebastian Vettel believes Red Bull would be wrong to deprive Sergio Perez of a home win in Mexico City by applying team orders which the Aston Martin driver insists are "bad" for F1.

Speculation is ramping up in Mexico about how Red Bull will manage its drivers should Perez find himself ahead of teammate and title contender Max Verstappen in Sunday's race.

Perez admitted that such a situation, should it come to pass, would be "a problem", but the Mexican said that he would wait until after qualifying to discuss the topic of team orders with his team.

Vettel, who once ignored a team order to remain behind race leader and Red Bull teammate Mark Webber at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix, is in favour of teams ditching orders all together.

"Thereโ€™s two different team orders," he said. "Thereโ€™s the team order that you give way and you get it back in the same race if you are on different strategies, and then thereโ€™s obviously the team order where clearly one has to get out of the way to make the other one score more points.

"Now, even if maybe the situation is logically very easy to explain, I still think itโ€™s bad and I would be in favour of not having any team orders ever. I think itโ€™s just [that] nobody likes it.

"If Checo happens to be ahead then Checo should stay ahead," said Vettel.

McLaren's Daniel Ricciardo agreed with the German, saying that he would blatantly ignore a call from his team to swap positions if he was leading his home race.

"If it was the last race of the season and that position swap literally meant the world title or not, then maybe that's a more complex decision making process," said the Aussie.

"But I mean, a home winโ€ฆ That's like the thing that you dream of as a kid. If obviously you've earned it on track, then yeah, I feel like it should be yours for the taking."

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