$100,000 fine sets a poor precedent in team orders

Stephan Heublein

Ferrari's escape from further penalties in Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Paris has been the talk of the paddock on the first two days in Monza this weekend, as the F1 world digests the sport's latest controversy. As with any controversy however, the paddock has been decidedly split in two, some happy to see the matter come to a (partial) close and others outraged that Ferrari have escaped without punishment.

This controversy has been brewing ever since the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, just before the team orders ban was introduced. While team orders are clear for all to see on television, as we all saw when Massa slowed to let the championship challenging Alonso through for the win in Germany, but from a legal standpoint the rule is far less clear-cut.