Does F1 still need number two drivers?

Does F1 still need number two drivers?

The role of the number two driver has changed dramatically since the early days of the Formula 1 World Championship. Edd Straw analyses whether forcing one driver to play second fiddle to another still has a place in the modern era

The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix changed everything. When Rubens Barrichello eased off exiting the last corner having – pitstops aside – led from start to finish, to gift victory to his Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher, team orders would never be the same again.

This egregious bait and switch, in which the watching world believed it was witnessing a great victory for the Brazilian, only for Schumacher to be handed his fifth win in six races, prompted global fury.

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