I asked this question in the thread on petitioning to allow Rubens to race, but I thought it might be better asked as a poll in a separate thread... Is F1 a team sport, or not? That is, is it like basketball where there are star players and star teams, but ultimately the best-of-the-best occurs when you find star players willing to sacrifice their own a bit for the good of the team... because in the end it is a team sport. Consider the (arguably) greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, and his Chicago Bulls team which is arguably one of the greatest teams of all time. Jordan wasn't the only star player on that team... Pippen was a great player as well. But Pippen could have scored more if he wasn't playing #2 to Jordan's #1. But then again, if Pippen and Jordan didn't work as a team, both of them would have succeeded less than they did. That team worked because they each found roles they were happy to play that benefitted the team as a whole... as a team. Sooooo, if Formula One is a team sport, then it should be no great surprise that when two top drivers (like MS and RB) have actually agreed to act like a team that they get fantastic results. Similarly, when two drivers like RS and JPM do not agree to act like a team, then they get inferior results. I like the idea that F1 is a team sport. I like to see Rubens carrying MS at times; and I like to see MS helping RB. I like the extra strategy complexity of the teams being teams. I like that team Ferrari was so quick as to call RB to slow down to time perfectly his arrival in the pit with MS's departure. In that way it did not cost RB anything relative to the rest of the field (he'd have come out 6th in any case), but nearly locked the race for MS (he'd have been 3rd or 4th rather than 1st). Note that the move, while not costing RB relative to the rest of the field, it cost him big time relative to MS. If RB wanted his best shot of winning personally, then he'd never have done that knowing MS is his strongest competitor. He'd rather MS be held up giving himself a better shot at winning. But he didn't do that... he did what was best for the team... but given the chance, it appeared he'd have still passed MS for a Ferrari 1-2 with him as 1 and MS as 2. But first ensure Ferrari 1-2... and then try to be #1. Will history frown on MS's accomplishments because of the team tactics??? I don't think so... I think it will ensure that the record-setting is depicted as a team triumph, not just an individual one... and that is how it should be! So, is F1 a team sport, or not???