Michael Schumacher has offered to help provide input for the framing of new team order rules in Formula 1, to ensure that they satisfy both the fans and those involved in the sport.
With the FIA asking its Sporting Working Group to review the outright ban on team orders in the wake of the Ferrari controversy from the German Grand Prix, there is pressure on those involved not to alienate those who follow the sport with any changes that are made. That is why Schumacher believes the team orders situation must be considered very carefully – and why he thinks experienced figures like him should be involved in the decision-making process.
"The sport has different interests and it is maybe at this moment in time necessary to find a very clear situation that is understood by everybody," explained the seven-time champion. "It [the current team orders rule] is maybe a little bit too open to what we wish it to be. I am pretty sure that the teams and the FIA will put a best effort in to clarify the situation and make it clear to everybody."
Schumacher has drawn short of going public with what his views are on the matter, but says he will readily speak to people behind closed doors to offer help.
"I have a very clear position on what I think about team orders, but I don't think there is a very clear rule or comment that would clarify easily everybody's interests," he said. "It needs really a thoughtful discussion and not many people spreading out ideas without any sense. So there is no point now to give you some hints. I would like to sit together with the right people and discuss it then, if you don't mind, and then come up with a very clear situation."
When asked to clarify that he actually wanted an active role in the team orders discussions, Schumacher said: "This would be ideal – but I don't think I am going to be too much invited. Naturally, I have given advice in this respect and here and there I do get the question, no doubt, and I express my opinion.
"You see in the media and this environment that every so often people have this magic idea. But, if you think everything through, you find some gray spots on it. So there is no point to discuss those issues in public at least."