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How F1 drivers are being 'screwed' by their teams

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Driver complaints about one another have been rife at the start of the 2019 Formula 1 season. But those problems could have been avoided had teams planned more responsibly.

Twice in two Formula 1 race weekends drivers have referred to being "screwed" by one another at the start of the 2019 season. Both occasions, coincidentally or not, involved four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. One incident cost four drivers the chance of setting a final lap in qualifying in China. Some drivers claimed it breached an unwritten code of conduct between each other, some were on the fence - and others, including Lewis Hamilton, said it did not exist at all.

Could this be the emergence of an unexpectedly divisive and controversial grand prix weekend phenomenon? That might be a stretch, but it is looking like the beginning of an unorthodox and troubling trend. Furthermore, it is one that could be completely avoided by the people causing the problems - and that is the teams, not the drivers.

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Series Formula 1
Author Scott Mitchell