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Ferrari in Hot Water with FIA over “Team Orders” Controversy

by F1Fan on August 5, 2010

It looks like the “Team Orders” controversy that arose at the recent German Grand Prix when Felipe Massa let Fernando Alonso pass him to take first place in the race.

The FIA have already fined Ferrari $100,000 dollars over the incident that caused a huge reaction among the Formula One fan base especially amoung the Brazilian F1 fans.

But it seems that Jon Todt doesn’t want to be seen to be favoring his old team and in a recent Press Release the FIA has confirmed that Todt has submitted the case to be reviewed by the judging body of the World Motor Sport Council.

Press Release

German Grand Prix 25 July 2010

02/08/2010

On 25 July 2010, on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Germany counting towards the 2010 Formula One World Championship, the Stewards of the meeting, after hearing the persons concerned, noted an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari of:

– Article 39.1 of the 2010 Sporting Regulations (“Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited”)
– and Article 151 c) of the International Sporting Code (“Any of the following offences (…) shall be deemed to be a breach of these rules (…) any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally”).

In the light of the information in their possession, the Stewards decided to impose a fine of $100,000 on the Scuderia Ferrari and to forward the dossier to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

On the basis of that decision and of the inquiry report, and following the receipt of a report sent by the Stewards to the FIA, the FIA President has decided, in conformity with the new rules of disciplinary procedure adopted at his initiative on 11 March 2010, to submit the case to the judging body of the World Motor Sport Council.

The disciplinary hearing of the World Council will be chaired by the FIA Deputy President for Sport and will take place in Paris on 8 September 2010.

Seems very odd to me, when Todt has done the very thing that Ferrari have been accused of in the German Grand Prix while he was working for the Scuderia and not just once either.

Formula One has always been a team sport and while their is healthy competition between the teams drivers when it come down to it the team comes first. Its about time the FIA recognized the fact and improved the regulations to reflect the true nature of the sport.

In the words of Luca Di Montezemolo head of Ferrari: “The polemics are of no interest to me. I simply reaffirm what I have always maintained, which is that our drivers are very well aware, and it is something they have to stick to, that if one races for Ferrari, then the interests of the team come before those of the individual. In any case, these things have happened since the days of Nuvolari and I experienced it myself when I was Sporting Director, in the days of Niki Lauda and not just then…Therefore enough of this hypocrisy, even if I can well believe that some people might well have liked to see our two drivers eliminate one another, but that is definitely not the case for me or indeed for our fans.”

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