Last year's Malaysian Grand Prix was all about team orders. The Red Bull 'multi 21' controversy was one of the biggest stories of the year after Sebastian Vettel ran roughshod over instructions to hold station behind team-mate Mark Webber.
Had Vettel not blasted into the lead at the start of lap 46, the news cycle would still have been dominated by team orders. Instead, the attention would have been upon Mercedes, which ordered the faster Nico Rosberg to hold station behind Lewis Hamilton in the closing stages rather than taking third place.
After some emphatic words over the radio from team principal Ross Brawn, Rosberg accepted his lot and spent the last 18 laps of the race sat under Hamilton's rear wing, crossing the line half-a-second behind. But at no point did he attempt to pass, shrewdly heeding the team order while simultaneously proving to the watching world that he could have taken the position had he chosen to do so.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.