Team orders: F1 drivers who didn't see eye to eye


We've had three Grands Prix so far this season and the Jenson and Lewis love-in is still intact. But with Button taking the spoils in Australia and seemingly more at ease with the McLaren MP4-25, how much longer can the honeymoon last?

Ever since Button jumped ship to McLaren there have been plenty within the sport forecasting doom for the World Champion and predicting tension and potential disaster.


So far - and admittedly it's early days - all is fine in the garden but history could be about to repeat itself. McLaren have form when it comes to team-mates who didn't always see eye to eye and with no constructor's title in the Woking trophy cabinet for 12 years, closer teamwork is needed more than ever.

Here's a selection of the partnerships that ruffled more than a few F1 feathers over the years.



Ayrton Senna v Alain Prost
As happy as a pig in muck, Prost had already won two world titles with McLaren before Senna rolled up in 1988. Ironically, Prost had convinced team boss Ron Dennis to hire the Brazilian. Mutual admiration would soon turn into outright animosity after Senna took the 1988 championship with less points that his team-mate (the best 11 results counted) and Prost decided midway through the next season to leave the team. His final race in Suzuka ended in controversy after he and Senna collided but he still left with another world title.

Lewis Hamilton v Fernando Alonso
The last great bust-up at Woking came in a terrible year for McLaren. In 2007 Rookie Hamilton teamed up with the reigning world champion, Alonso, at what was essentially "Lewis' team". Tensions soon built up, climaxing in Hungary when Alonso held Hamilton up in qualifying. Relations never really recovered, Spygate erupted and Alonso left the team at the end of the year.

Carlos Reutemann v Alan Jones
Having already passed through a number of teams, Reutemann arrived at Williams in 1980, linking up with reigning world champion Alan Jones. It was an incredibly productive pairing as they combined to give Williams their first constructor's championship but relations soured the following year when Reutemman disobeyed team orders at the Brazilian GP to deny Jones victory. Jones never forgave his team-mate and at the final race of the season in Las Vegas, he did nothing to help Reutemann who was fighting for the world championship. Reutemann was beaten to the title by Nelson Piquet.

Nigel Mansell v Nelson Piquet
Piquet managed to amuse and annoy team-mates over the years but started particularly badly when he joined Williams in 1986 and called Mansell an 'uneducated blockhead' as well as criticising the Brit's wife. Mansell rose above the attacks and went on to record five GP wins that year. Six more came in 1986 including an heroic effort at Silverstone where he clawed back 20 seconds in 20 laps on Piquet to pass him and win. Ignore the OTT comentary on this clip and you'll catch Mansell at his finest in that race.


Ayrton Senna v Gerhard Berger

Ok, this one's a happy tale to end with. Because Berger rarely matched his team-mate on the race track, the relationship between the Austrian and Senna was more famous for their off-track escapades. An enthusiastic practical joker, Berger began baiting Senna with his antics - egged on by Ron Dennis - but instead of staying po-faced about it all, Senna soon returned the jokes in spades. Legendary tales of briefcases being chucked from helicopters, Senna's passport photos being replaced with a far more intimate part of the body and frogs filling Senna's hotel room abounded. The two became firm friends.

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