Former world champion and Ferrari driver Niki Lauda has said he expects the Italian team will be heavily punished by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) next month for their use of team orders at the German Grand Prix.
“What they did in Hockenheim was against all rules,” Lauda said in an interview with the official Formula 1 website.
“Either the rules are changed or everybody observes them. What they’ve done is wrong and they got an immediate punishment – and they will get a pasting from the World Council, that is for sure.”
Ferrari received a $100,000 fine for breaking the Sporting Regulations during the German Grand Prix.
The WMSC will meet to consider the matter on September 8, just two days before the start of Ferrari’s home Grand Prix.
The three-time world champion added that in his view Ferrari’s actions were an insult to the intelligence of Formula One fans:
You have two models of how to race in Formula One as a team. If you approach it politically then you are in the Ferrari mould. Or you try to give both your drivers equal opportunities and the fans an exciting sport, as Red Bull are doing in letting their drivers compete with each other.
That is what makes this sport a crowd puller because they see the best guys in the best cars racing each other with a ‘may the best man win’ philosophy – and not mocking the fans with a collusive result.
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 later admitted 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.