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Ferrari Escapes Further Punishment by FIA

by F1Fan on September 9, 2010

In a recent press release the FIA announced that it would take no further action against Ferrari but enforced the sanctions imposed by the Stewards at the Grand Prix of Germany after Ferrari instructed Felipe Massa to let his team mate Fernando Alonso pass. Relinquishing the lead of the Grand Prix to Alonso, and in doing so bought the whole issue of “Team Orders” which are officially banned in Formula One to the forefront again.

Interestingly the decision also recommended that article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations should be reviewed and the judging body decided to refer this question to the Formula One Sporting Working Group.

Press Release

World Motor Sport Council

08/09/2010

On 25 July 2010, at the Grand Prix of Germany, the Stewards of the meeting found an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari to the prohibition of team orders interfering with a race result and then decided to impose a fine of $100,000 and to forward the dossier to the World Motor Sport Council for further consideration.

The Judging Body of the World Motor Sport Council held an extraordinary hearing in Paris on 8 September 2010 to examine this matter.

After an in depth analysis of all reports, statements and documents submitted, the Judging Body has decided to confirm the Stewards’ decision of a $100,000 fine for infringing article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations and to impose the payment of the costs incurred by the FIA.

The Judging Body has also acknowledged that article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations should be reviewed and has decided to refer this question to the Formula One Sporting Working Group.

The full decision of the World Motor Sport Council may be consulted on the following link

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