Team orders are when a team tells a driver to do something often to assist another team driver in wining or improving their position in a race. This can be accomplished either in advance, merely by establishing a pecking order between the two drivers within the team, or by instructing a driver to let his team mate overtake or to hold position without the added risk of collision. Formula one driver’s are often subject to this and it can be a very disheartening experience for many.
There have been many recent discussions as to if this should be allowed, as some racing enthusiasts feel that it is a form of cheating and does not allow the race to play out as it should. It can also have a very serious affect on betting, as if the driver you bet on is winning and is then ordered to drop back and allow their team mate to overtake them, you would lose your bet and winnings.