Ferrari escape further punishment for German GP team orders (Updated)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Ferrari, Hockenheimring, 2010

The FIA have announced Ferrari will not be punished any further for using team orders during the German Grand Prix.

However the World Motor Sport Council upheld the $100,000 fine imposed by the stewards after the Hockenheim race.

Update: The FIA have said they will review the ban on team orders (article 39.1). See below for their full explanation for the decision and Ferrari’s reaction:

On 25 July 2010, at the Grand Prix of Germany, the Stewards of the meeting found an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari to the prohibition of team orders interfering with a race result and then decided to impose a fine of $100,000 and to forward the dossier to the World Motor Sport Council for further consideration.

The Judging Body of the World Motor Sport Council held an extraordinary hearing in Paris on 8 September 2010 to examine this matter.

After an in depth analysis of all reports, statements and documents submitted, the Judging Body has decided to confirm the Stewards? decision of a $100,000 fine for infringing article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations and to impose the payment of the costs incurred by the FIA.

The Judging Body has also acknowledged that article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations should be reviewed and has decided to refer this question to the Formula One Sporting Working Group.

The full decision will be available on the website on 9 September 2010.


In March 2010 at Bahrain at the initiative of the FIA President, the World Motor Sport Council adopted a new transitional disciplinary procedure, in order in particular to ensure the separation between the prosecuting body and the judging body. At the General Assembly on 5 November 2010, a more global reform of the FIA judicial system will be submitted for approval, including in particular the creation of an International Tribunal which will exercise the disciplinary power in the 1st instance in place of the World Motor Sport Council.

In application of this new procedure, previously applied within the context of the US F1 case, the FIA President exercises the role of prosecuting body. As such, he has the authority to notify any person being prosecuted of the grievances brought against him and to submit the matter to the Judging Body of the World Motor Sport Council, chaired by the Deputy President for Sport, Mr Graham Stoker.

The Deputy President for Sport has the power to proceed with an investigation and, within this context, to designate a reporter from among the members of the World Motor Sport Council.

In the present case, the Deputy President for Sport designated Mr Lars ?sterlind, a member of the World Motor Sport Council, as reporter. Mr ?sterlind?s report was forwarded to the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro as the party being prosecuted.

Prior to the hearing, the members of the Judging Body of the World Motor Sport Council received all the documents in the case, including the observations submitted by the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro.

The FIA President did not attend the hearing but was represented by Ma??tre Jean-Pierre Martel from the law firm Orrick Rambaud Martel.

The hearing before the Judging Body of the World Motor Sport Council, assembled on 8 September 2010 in an extraordinary meeting, was chaired by the Deputy President for Sport and allowed the hearing, in person, of Mr Stefano Domenicali, Team Principal of the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, assisted by lawyers, Mr Henry Peter and Nigel Tozzi. The World Motor Sport Council had the possibility to join the drivers Mr Fernando Alonso and Mr Felipe Massa via video conference.

Ferrari released the following statement:

Ferrari has taken note of the decision of the FIA World Council, relating to the outcome of this year?s German Grand Prix and wishes to express its appreciation of the Council?s proposal to review article 39.1 of the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations, in light of what emerged during today?s discussions. Now, all the team?s efforts will be focussed on the next event on track, when the Italian Grand Prix takes place at Monza this weekend.

The World Motor Sport Council's verdict on Ferrari is...

  • Far too harsh (3%)
  • Slightly too harsh (1%)
  • About right (19%)
  • Slightly too soft (14%)
  • Far too soft (61%)
  • No opinion (2%)

Total Voters: 2,435

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Ferrari team orders in Germany

389 comments on “Ferrari escape further punishment for German GP team orders (Updated)”

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  1. A bit too harsh i think a fine would be a fair punishment i think for all that time they spent talking this was a slightly stupid decision.

  2. Todt has told the press that there was no enough evidence to convict, and because the team denied that there were team orders. Too funny.

  3. Keith what is all these?????

    “@f1fanatic_co_uk: So one point costs $14,285. Ferrari will wonder who they can pay $614,285 to so Alonso can lead the championship”

    “… It’s fair to say it hasn’t gone down well”

    “Hadn’t realised Massa has out-scored Alonso 24-18 since Germany. Would be funny if he kept that up…”

    You hate ferrari and alonso (he detroyed your english team in 2007….he told the FIA for the spy gate)…..but this is ridiculous!!!! Why you are saying all these??? Why your poll don’t have an option RIGHT!!!!!! You hate us but we win it! Next one comes the championship!!!! bye bye

    1. First of all, the poll does have a “right” option, it’s the third one.

      Second, what’s your complaint about the Tweets? I’ve not said anything that’s untrue. The balance of reaction to the verdict on here was negative (look at the poll results).

      It is true that, since Ferrari favoured Alonso in Germany, Massa has out-scored him. I thought that was funny.

      I don’t hate them at all but you seem to have made up your mind on that one and I doubt I’ll convince you otherwise.

    2. Are you bragging about Alonso’s participation in the spy gate debacle? Are you sure you want to go there? That was not one of his (Alonso’s) better moments. That little incident exposed him as a very fragile and tempermental young man when under pressure.
      Hamilton called his bluff on the track and he could not respond then he fell apart. He expected a Massa but got a racer who is better than him. To make matters worse the whole world could see it.
      No hating here, just an observation of the facts.

      1. And if Alonso completes this year behind Hamilton on points, it’l be the fourth year in a row….

  4. I completely agree with Jenson Button, who said that he would walk away from F1 if team orders are legal.

    READ :

    I will certainly walk away from F1 if that was the case. I am honestly disappointed that Willams and Sauber turned out to be kissing Ferrari and FIA in the wrong places.

    But I will keep a close eye on F1 to ensure I have ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with any company that financially supports or participates in F1.

    I will setup a Online Petition for a comprehensive boycott of the corrupt, amoral, farce called F1.

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