Ferrari does not deserve large penalty, says Hill
8 September 2010 – Damon Hill does not believe that Ferrari should earn a heavy sentence following Wednesday’s FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing in Paris, with the opinion of the 1996 World Champion being that the Formula 1 governing body should first tidy up rules surrounding team orders.
However, with it being common knowledge amongst fans and F1 insiders alike that team orders of some degree take place on a regular basis, Hill believes that a strong penalty for Ferrari – which is subject to a docking of championship points or a ban after being found guilty of implying that Felipe Massa should yield to Fernando Alonso in Germany – would be inappropriate.
“Flexing their muscles because they can is not necessarily wise,” BRDC Chairman Hill told The Daily Telegraph. “I don't think a punishment that big would fit this particular crime.
"It is an issue which has been creeping up for some time, has not been addressed and I think Ferrari might get off because the rules aren't clear.
“This is where the sport doesn't do itself any favours; it needs a media circus to make the necessary changes - I mean, this is happening four days before the Italian Grand Prix.”