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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