Racing Point could impose team orders on Perez and Stroll in Hungarian GP

Racing Point has not ruled out imposing team orders between Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll in the Hungarian Grand Prix if it needs to protect a decent points haul

Racing Point could impose team orders on Perez and Stroll in Hungarian GP

The Silverstone-based outfit has a golden opportunity to grab its first podium of the season at the Hungaroring, after Stroll and Perez locked out the second row of the grid.

Both cars progressed through Q2 on the medium tyre with which it will start the race, despite Perez reporting feeling dizzy.

Team principal Otmar Szafnauer has made clear that he will not tolerate any trouble between his drivers that could risk jepordising the team's efforts in the constructors' championship.

Having experienced collisions between its cars in the past, resulting in a blanket ban on Perez and Esteban Ocon racing each other in 2017, Szafnauer said that the first discussion with the drivers ahead of the race would be over the start.

"We've got to be careful that on lap one we employ the same protocols that we had before," he said.

"They have got to give each other room. And, you know, it's the first first lap, second lap that are critical.

"We have to make sure that they don't come together in those laps.

"So we'll be talking to them tomorrow, and making sure that the team comes first and we don't slip back into the ways of before."

If the pair are then clear of the opposition in the race, the team may opt to call off a fight if there is a risk of reliability problems from pushing too hard or a collision if their battling is getting too intense.

Stroll retired from the opening race of the season in Austria with a power unit failure.

Asked if in either of those scenario team orders would be imposed, Szafnauer said: "Those are the types of things that we're going to be talking about, and then we'll see how the race unfolds.

"You've got to remember this is a team sport and we want to score the most amount of points possible.

"Hopefully we'll get a good clean start and, if our long run pace is what we think it ought to be, you may be right.

"I still think there will be a fight with others around us.

"Ferrari have always gone well here, they're just behind us on the grid. You don't know what the start is going to be like, so let's let's wait and see."

Stroll said he hoped that team orders would not be required and that he and Perez would be left to fight it out among themselves.

"Everyone is entitled to race out there," he said.

"I hope we get to race hard. He's going to fight for the podium, I'm going to fight for the podium.

"I haven't been on the podium in like two or three years [since Baku 2017] so I'm hoping we can have a good start and a good race."

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