Team orders: no further penalty for Ferrari

The FIA governing body has spared Ferrari further sanctions in the Hockenheim team orders scandal. The 100,000 dollar fine was upheld. In addition, the ban on team orders is to be reconsidered. Is this fair?

Scuderia Ferrari have escaped a much worse punishment than the fine of 100,000 dollars for the incident at Hockenheim. After the hearing before the FIA governing body in Paris, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, president of the Italian motor sport federation, CSAI, said that the team would receive no further punishment, that the decision of the governing body was unanimous and that the purpose of a team order ban was to be reviewed and adjusted as appropriate.
Ferrari were fined 100,000 dollars by the race commission for unauthorized use of team orders at the German GP, as prescribed in Article 39.1 of the sporting regulations. During the race, Ferrari asked Felipe Massa to let through a faster teammate, Fernando Alonso. The Spanish driver won the race ahead of Massa. The race commission passed the case on to the World Motor Sport Council, to consider whether any further punishment was necessary.

The full decision by the FIA World Motor Sport Council:

"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 will be available on the website on 9 September 2010."
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