Team orders ban scrapped for 2011

2011 F1 season

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2010

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hockenheim, 2010

The FIA has scrapped the rule banning team orders from the FIA Sporting Regulations.

As of next year the rule stating “team orders which interfere with the result of a race” will no longer apply.

A statement released by the FIA said:

The article forbidding team orders (39.1) is deleted.

Teams will be reminded that any actions liable to bring the sport into disrepute are dealt with under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code and any other relevant provisions

Ferrari were found to have used team orders during this year’s German Grand Prix.

But the World Motor Sport Council stopped short of imposing a penalty that would have stripped the team or its drivers of points.

Do you agree with the FIA lifting the team orders ban?

  • Yes, teams should be allowed to use team orders (54%)
  • No, teams should not be allowed to use team orders (46%)

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159 comments on Team orders ban scrapped for 2011

  1. djdaveyp said on 11th December 2010, 15:37

    FIA takes the easy route out. As usual.

  2. Ronman (@ronman) said on 11th December 2010, 19:51

    well they should make a rule that states the following:

    if there is proof that a team ordered their drivers to switch and did so in a very public fashion by damaging the value of the race, then the team should get its point docked, and the drivers’ points switched. simple as that… the monetary fine is meaningless. if you switch the points that would make the drivers know that if they are stupid enough to make it obvious and insult the fans, they will not gain the advantage….

    on another note, i’m fine with team orders, but making them obvious is a no no. i’m not stupid to think that Massa missed a gear in germany. it was obvious even without the coded messages and commiserations. Massa took a page from his Buddy Barrichelo’s books and made sure everyone knew he has Alonso and could have had him to the checkered flag had had not been given the order.

    had they kept hush hush, he’d look incompetent and would loose a lot of credibility as a driver, this way he only got sympathy thanks again to the evil Ferrari portrayed by Barrichello.

    2011 should be exciting…

  3. Melchior (@melchior) said on 12th December 2010, 8:57

    How sad ruling isthis is!!
    And this would be Webbers response to being told to move over;:
    Horner;:Vettel’s faster than you,you need to let him through!
    Webber;:F**CK OFF!!

  4. antonyob said on 12th December 2010, 17:09

    Spectacular misunderstanding of grand prix racing. Its always been a business. Spectators are paying guests tho the amount most fans pay is dubious to say the least. The sports fine, in fact never in better health and if we lose a few then we ll cope.

  5. I am having a tough time staying a fan of F1. It is simply not racing when a car ahead is told to let a car behind go by. Racing is the fastest car/driver winning.

    How does it affect the betting end of things? Wouldn’t you be wanting to sue if the driver you placed your money was leading until told to let a car past?

  6. antonyob said on 12th December 2010, 20:50

    The day f1 gives a dam what happens to bookies is definitely the day I stop watching. For all but 7years of f1 s history we had team orders and it seemed to manage fine. Now a fewragtop papers and historically ignorant fans threw there toys out so the rules changed. If you don’t like it go watch something else. Personally I’d be quite happy if it went back to being a bit more niche. Quit qhingeing or quit watching.

  7. Younger Hamilton said on 13th December 2010, 17:59

    Its good the FIA Scrapped it what i’ve learnt this year that it’s been confirmed that F1 is a Team Sport and i’ve been studying it as well so yeah its good and Drivers may be selfish on track but they dont forget that they have a team working with them as well.Thats why there’s a Constructors Title

  8. In every era, in every team, team orders have been used. Even something like hiring the best driver available as a #1 driver and then hiring someone a little slower as a #2 has been strategy and in a sense a team order, giving one driver better equipment, etc. If you think only Ferrari has used team orders in the last 40 years of the sport, and if you think most don’t use them, and if you think teams have always been fair to both their drivers, sometimes even in testing, you are sadly mistaken.

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