Massive overreaction by everyone in my opinion, especially when people are dusting off the ‘Ferrari International Assistance’ nonsense after they come off the back of two races where they were on the recieving end of some naff stewarding.
It’s not the first time we’ve seen blatant team orders since the ban and it probably wont be the last. Yes it could have been done in a much more discreet way and yes I’d have loved to see a Massa victory but at the end of the day the drivers are employed by the team and if they want them to finish in a certain order then they’re perfectly entitled to do that in my opinion. The banning of team orders has always been a stupid rule that’s effectively impossible to police.
Ok it’s a bit close to manipulating the result, but if the FIA take action and exclude them then that’s even more of a problem for two reasons:
1) DQ’ing them would make Vettel the winner with McLaren’s on the podium, despite Ferrari having a faster car and both their drivers driving extremely well. Would that not be unfairly manipulating the result on an even larger scale?
2) It would very unfair for them to single out this team order as an illegal instance and not to do the same for all other ‘coded’ team orders that have happened over the years.
By all means fine them for bringing the sport into disrepute, they totally deserve it. Even as an Alonso fan I was horribly disappointed for him to win the race in such a way, because Massa drove out of his skin to (attempt to) win that race and it would have been a hugely popular victory. I’m also sure Alonso wouldn’t have wanted to win the race in such a way.
I could ramble on for a while about this and although I’m a Ferrari fan, I’d like to make it clear I’d be taking the same stance were it to happen with any other team.