Felipe Massa insisted “I am going to be honest…. I am not going to be dirty” and Flavio Briatore has given his vote of confidence that he expects Ferrari to play it straight in the championship-deciding finale. Even F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said, “Michael will drive in the most correct manner he has ever driven.”
For all the rules tweaks and intervention we have grown accustomed to in recent years there is still nothing in the rule book which allows the governing body to strip a driver of his points should he deliberately take out another driver to win the championship.
No precedent was set in 1989 when Alain Prost did it to Ayrton Senna; nor in 1990 when Senna returned the favour. Schumacher was stripped of second place in the championship in 1997 – but what driver ever lost any sleep over not being second?
Would the FIA have the guts to strip Schumacher of an eighth and final title if he did win it by taking out Alonso?
Hopefully it won’t come to that. But given how much has been written about it, it seems few would be surprised if he tried it.
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