Date published: November 23 2018
Brendon Hartley reckons it is “nice” how Pierre Gasly feels cars don’t need to be swapped around when they’re outside the points, just as long as he’s the one in front.
Last time out in Brazil, the two Toro Rosso drivers were on different strategies which put Gasly ahead of Hartley.
The New Zealander, though, was on fresher tyres and asked to be let through.
Gasly refused, saying if cars are outside the points “you should race.”
Hartley isn’t overly impressed with his team-mate’s comments.
“It was a nice speech Pierre did about team orders to the media,” he told Autosport.
“But he didn’t give the same one when I let him past many times, also for position, or sometimes compromised my race to help him or the team secure points.
“In the end I was told – a long way before I caught him – that he’d let me through when I got there. And I was told each lap he was going to let me by in Turn 4.
“I did a better job managing tyres, fuel, and had better race pace than him in the race, so the team saw that I had the best chance to score points if somebody had an issue ahead, which didn’t happen.”
He added: “If the team tells us that we’re racing, that’s what I’ll do, but from the team’s point of view, when we don’t have spare parts for the new aerokit, it didn’t really make sense for us to be fighting.
“I’m all for racing, but if I’m told that the race isn’t on, then I’m not going to go against the team orders and risk damaging a car that we don’t have a lot of spares for.”