Ferrari fined, World Motor Sport Council to examine Alonso’s pass on Massa

Ferrari have been fined $100,000 for breaking the Sporting Regulations during the German Grand Prix.

The stewards of the race have also referred the matter to the World Motor Sports Council. The result of the race stands for the time being.

Fernando Alonso passed Felipe Massa to win the German Grand Prix after the team had been heard instructing Massa that he was slower than his team mate.

Massa admitted after the race he let Alonso past but said he did so of his own choosing.

The stewards found Ferrari guilty of breaking article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations which forbid team orders that influence the outcome of the race.

They additionally adjudged it to be a transgression of article 151c of the International Sporting Code, relating to bringing the sport into disrepute, the same section that McLaren were famously found in violation of in 2007.

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362 comments on Ferrari fined, World Motor Sport Council to examine Alonso’s pass on Massa

  1. Miguel said on 26th July 2010, 3:28

    I think that paying a fine is not enough. Otherwise, will open the precedent of in some special circunstancies to pay a fine to break the rules.

    Thats not fair.

  2. The fine is ridiculous,the best response from the FIA right now would be to punish ferrari more firmly. They are supposed to be working for fair racing between drivers not to allow the corporate forces of the big teams to dictate the race.

    I hope that the FIA in the coming days do at least dock ferrari some of its points either constructors or drivers to send the point that they will not stand for race fixing or blatant team orders. Beacuse as it stands, I cant help but think that The more the money, the more the red, the more the FIA will look away as race fixing,rule bending and unsportsmanlike conduct occurs.

  3. 2.4L V8 said on 26th July 2010, 4:05

    Fines are nothing to Ferrari. The only valid way to punish them is to take away constructors’ and Alonso’s points of this race.
    Indeed, Alonso is faster than massa, the fair way to show this is Alonso braking late to pass massa, instead of massa lifting up the throttle on a straight.
    I think it is alonso’s idea initially to give this order. Everyone knows what he meant by “it is ridiculous” behind massa. Thts why Alonso must also be punished. Maybe disqualify him from the race. But this decision is pretty hard to make in the fia, coz mr todt is the president… A pretty sad day for f1…

  4. Icthyes (@icthyes) said on 26th July 2010, 4:12

    At the very least disqualify Alonso. But maybe Massa too – the threat of the team’s displeasure is no excuse.

  5. Alif said on 26th July 2010, 4:18

    The worst thing isnt the team order, it’s victory robbery! Poor felippe, poor rob…

  6. CapeFear said on 26th July 2010, 4:33

    The better option is let the result stand, and for the next 3 races they cannot score any points what so ever.

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 26th July 2010, 6:17

    Spy-gate,Crash-gate,now the team order gate all of these involves Alonso somewhere, what is with him?????

    • Hare said on 26th July 2010, 6:39

      He is the Deaaveeeiillll…

      Actually, no, obviously he’s not the Devil, so I hope Alonso fans don’t take offence please!

      The Devil could probably overtake on his own merit.

      • wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 26th July 2010, 10:04

        That’s the point,if he attempted the overtaking move & they crashed or Massa crashed then it would have been OK.
        As in the press conference the question was asked that whether this was something to do with the fact that in Australia Alonso wanted the team to let Massa passed him as he was faster then Massa, one thing Alonso you should know if you are faster than your team mate in front you just overtake him on race track other then cry to the team for help.

  8. TheSapper said on 26th July 2010, 6:42

    They need to send a strong message to everyone, but the fine and punishment can only be a strong as the rules that are written. I think from now on the code for “let him pass” will be “Filippe baby, you need to go into fuel saving mode” this of course will apply to all teams and drivers!

  9. simon. said on 26th July 2010, 6:58

    There can be no doubt that team orders were ussed in this case, but what is more disturbing is that Ferrari will now expect Massa to lie at the WMSC hearing in order to protect themselves, and especially Alonso. How can they do this in good faith to a loyal employee?

    Team orders were banned for very, very good reasons and the breaking of them requires sanctions that must be enforced. If Alonso’s win is retained after the hearing then this year’s title will be tainted forever by a selfish and gutless decision by Ferrari. Sound familiar?

  10. kriyuk said on 26th July 2010, 7:28

    Ferrari favor one driver over the other – based on current championship rank and race for title. McLaren and Redbull favor one driver over the other based on their rank in marketing and dollars made. I still loved ferrari for being honest in pursuing the title.

  11. Joaqo said on 26th July 2010, 7:43

    I would have given a time penalty to Alonso and stripped Ferrari from the championship points, it was awful to see this specially on Massa’s accident anniversary.

  12. Racefan said on 26th July 2010, 7:53

    If anybody is really responsible for that illegal pass,
    it is Fernando Alonso.Not only was Alonso unable to pass Massa but he also complained that it was “ridiculus”.Then the team waited for some time for may be he could pass on his own and only after that the instruction was given to Massa.I’m not an Alonso hater but so far this season,that man has been pathetic with his overtaking skills.You can’t blame Massa at all for this.He just had no choice at all.

  13. rashid hasan said on 26th July 2010, 8:39

    penalise alonso n ferrari. promote massa to 1st n the subsequent drivers follow suit. alonso is a parasite to the sport.

  14. DenisR said on 26th July 2010, 8:40

    I believe that the fans have been robbed of what could have been and exciting battle. This season we’ve seen both Red Bull and McLaren team mates racing each other. To me the WMSC/FIA should reinstate Massa as winner and Alonso back to second place – natural justice and ban Ferrari for at least one race for their intervention.

    There was absolutely no need for Ferrari to “manipulate” the result.

  15. “The team comes first”

    How many times have we heard this from Red Bull, McLaren, Force India, Ferrari, Lotus etc etc

    Don’t punish the drivers it is said, why should they be penalised. However, if you don’t punish the drivers then any punishment handed to the team is without weight, as the result ultimately will still stand. $100,000 fine is peanuts to Ferrari and perfectly worth it to have the result they wanted.

    “The team comes first” and the drivers are but a part of that team. Therefore the “Team” should be heavily penalised, and IMO the only correct punishment that will set a precident and prevent further occurances is to disqualify “the team” from this race.

    The final result therefore is a win for Vettel, with the McLaren brothers with him on the podium. Only that will send a clear enough message to Ferrari and all the other teams.

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