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"If you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver."
Those are the immortal words of Ayrton Senna, the legendary F1 driver whose name is synonymous with the fearless and uncompromising driving style that made him a global icon.
I suspect those words, and countless more from the great Brazilian, have been going through the minds of F1's current crop after the events of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
The man who went for the gap this time was Sebastian Vettel, defying the much-maligned team orders to overtake his teammate Mark Webber and win the race.
One who didn't was Nico Rosberg, who obeyed his Mercedes bosses and stayed behind Lewis Hamilton as they took third and fourth.
The podium afterwards was a scene of bizarre tension and dissatisfaction. Vettel has since apologised to Webber and the Red Bull team for his actions, while Hamilton, a renowned racing purist and fan of Senna's driving philosophy, said that Rosberg deserved to finish ahead of him.
Team orders have long been a source of contention in F1, having been originally banned in 2002 after incidents involving Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello at Ferrari. They remained though, with the same team employing a system of unbelievably indiscreet messages to ensure Felipe Massa deferred to Fernando Alonso - "Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand that message?"
And this isn't the first time that Webber and Vettel have been pitted against each other, with the Australian's refusal to allow his teammate through at the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix causing them both to crash. The ban on team orders was repealed in 2011, with the FIA accepting that they could not realistically prevent them.
From the point of view of the modern F1 team, these orders are logical - they ensure the best possible finish for the team as a whole, removing the risk of a crash or, as Mercedes supremo Ross Brawn cited on Sunday morning, disrupting the fuel strategy.
But this is the odd conundrum that a driver faces. One on hand, F1 is the ultimate team sport, with hoards of designers and engineers working tirelessly behind the scenes to put two cars on the grid. But then, the drivers who go down as the greatest in history are the ones who are selfish on the track, who can ruthlessly and unashamedly do everything it takes to win.
And from a spectator's point of view, I'll take the second choice every time.
While today's race will no doubt be thought of as an embarrassment in the Red Bull garage, the truth is that races like this are exactly what we want to see. Without the controversy and without the rivalries, F1 can very quickly become dull.
Team orders are a part of the sport, but if this win proves vital in securing Vettel a fourth consecutive world title I suspect he will feel little remorse for his indiscretion in Malaysia. And if Nico Rosberg's obedience costs him at the end of the season, he will no doubt be wishing that he had been willing to overtake Hamilton.
The race in Malaysia has brought this issue to the forefront of F1 once again, and it could stay there depending on how the title race progresses. And for the sake of those of us sitting at home, I hope Vettel has started a new trend of noncompliance, though this is hugely unlikely.
As sorry as we all felt for Mark Webber, as a fan of the sport I would much rather see the faster car win and on Sunday that car belonged to his German teammate. The brief battle they had with 13 laps to go was thrilling, a perfect example of why we watch F1, and if we get a few more of those between now and the end of the season then it will surely be an overwhelming positive for the sport.
The world of F1, like most sports, is a highly sanitised environment, with the desires and opinions of the drivers secondary to those of the team and their corporate sponsors. Seeing a moment of reckless individualism from one of the highest profile drivers is rare and refreshing, something that will be lamented by his team but that should be enjoyed by the rest of us.
And now that we have a precedent for disobeying your team, Vettel and others may be more willing to do it again, particularly when the championship is on the line.
Like them or not, team orders are here to stay. Whether the drivers follow them is another matter entirely.