Ferrari fined $100,000 for team orders
25 July 2010 – Ferrari has been fined $100,000 (£65,000) by Formula 1 governing body the FIA for the use of team orders and bringing the sport into disrepute at Hockenheim on Sunday afternoon. At present, the results of the race remain unchanged although the matter has now been referred to the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC).
A lap after the communication was broadcast on live television worldwide, Massa yielded exiting the hairpin as Alonso took the lead before going on to win.
Ferrari were called to the stewards at approximately 4:30pm local time at Hockenheim, with a decision then being revealed shortly after 6 o’clock.
Team Principal Stefano Domenicali, Team Manager Massimo Rivola and the two drivers were summoned to Race Control, where it is believed the team stated that the message to Massa had been information only, as opposed to a command, with team orders having been banned in the sport since 2003 (following the highly controversial Ferrari place swap in the previous season’s Austrian Grand Prix).
The case will also be referred to the WMSC in Paris although for the time being the race result stands, with Alonso having finished just over four seconds ahead.
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