Ferrari to face FIA on September 8th

Ferrari will learn their fate in the German Grand Prix team orders controversy four days before the Italian Grand Prix.

The FIA World Motor Sport Council will meet on September 8th to look into the matter in which Ferrari ordered Felipe Massa to allow Fernando Alonso past to win the German Grand Prix.

An FIA statement said:

On 25 July 2010, on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Germany counting towards the 2010 Formula One World Championship, the Stewards of the meeting, after hearing the persons concerned, noted an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari of:

- Article 39.1 of the 2010 Sporting Regulations (“Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited”)
- and Article 151 c) of the International Sporting Code (“Any of the following offences (??) shall be deemed to be a breach of these rules (…) any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally”).

In the light of the information in their possession, the Stewards decided to impose a fine of $100,000 on the Scuderia Ferrari and to forward the dossier to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

On the basis of that decision and of the inquiry report, and following the receipt of a report sent by the Stewards to the FIA, the FIA President has decided, in conformity with the new rules of disciplinary procedure adopted at his initiative on 11 March 2010, to submit the case to the judging body of the World Motor Sport Council.

The disciplinary hearing of the World Council will be chaired by the FIA Deputy President for Sport and will take place in Paris on 8 September 2010.

The FIA’s Deputy President for Sport is Graham Stoker.

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50 comments on Ferrari to face FIA on September 8th

  1. DGR-F1 said on 3rd August 2010, 10:07

    No, if we want consistancy from the FIA then the punishment should be something that affects all those involved in the move – the Team for organising it, Massa for going along with it and Alonso for benifitting from it. Anything else just won’t make a big enough message to stop other teams from doing it in the future……

    • If there was consistancy, then the FIA would have taken no notice of these team orders. All of this is only happening because there was an outcry from the fans and media. The FIA did not react on their own feelings towards the incident.

  2. Icthyes said on 3rd August 2010, 14:40

    The right decision would be to switch back positions. But that can’t be done, and would set a dangerous precedent.

    So failing that, the best decision would be to disqualify Alonso from the race, thus creating an excellent incentive not to try this sort of thing again.

    That won’t happen. Ferrari have enough room to spin this into being found innocent (or rather, “insufficient evidence to convict”, as exists in Scottish courts I believe).

    What I think should therefore happen is that Ferrari should lose their WCC points for the race or season – preferably the latter as it won’t probably won’t affect the eventual winner but will be as harsh as possible.

  3. Alex said on 3rd August 2010, 19:02

    Switching back positions wouldn’t be a punishment, just undoing what was done.
    What should be done is that alonso is disqualified from the race, and therefore lose his points. He was the one who benefited.
    And now don’t start that ferrari benefited, because that’s male cow poo. They got exactly the same amount of points they would’ve gotten otherwise, and wdc don’t matter to a team. I never see ferrari bragging about kimi winning the title with them, or even schumacher winning 5 in a row. Yet they did name a car Scuderia Spider 16M, the 16 standing for there 16 constructor titles.

  4. wayne south africa said on 4th August 2010, 8:49

    Alonso should be penalised!he was the driver who was forcing ferrarri to order massa out the way!and ferrarri should be penalised for following through with the order.the case of mclaren in2007 and the drivers they kept their points because they were not directly involved with the spygate scandal.although I do think alonso new about it.

  5. will said on 4th August 2010, 21:30

    As Ferrari were on for a one two finish anyway I can’t see how they can be accused of manipulating the constructors championship, therefore I don’t see that deducting their team points is the right punishment.

    What they did was to interfere with the drivers championship. Their desperation to get a Ferrari to the drivers title should be punished by deducting or reversing the drivers points. If the drivers are seen to be punished they might not be so keen to follow team instructions next time.

    • Eric said on 6th August 2010, 18:11

      one thing that worries me is when the teams are closer to the end of the season, that is within 3 races.
      why?
      because they are allowed to use team orders if there other driver isn’t in contention.
      can you hear the uproar from those that dont know this.

  6. This is BS, Ferrari must be punished as well as Alonso. Massa should not be punished as he was forced to give up his position.

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