Nothing from FIA on championship clashes

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Michael Schumacher, Jean Todt, Ferrari, Monza, 2006Michael Schumacher said he “doesn’t want to think about” winning the championship if Fernando Alonso is unable to score points at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

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.”

Fernando Alonso, Giancarlo Fisichella, 2006In fact it seems the only major party without an opinion on the fears that Schumacher (or one of his many allies) could help decide the title by taking out Alonso, is the FIA.

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.

Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, McLaren-Honda, 1988No 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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