F1 » Lauda urges FIA to give Ferrari 'a pasting' for 'mocking F1 fans'

The FIA needs to make an example of Ferrari over the Hockenheim 'team orders' controversy, argues triple F1 World Champion Niki Lauda - by delivering the Scuderia a pasting in front of its World Motor Sport Council next month

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August 20, 2010 2:46 PM

No penalty.. if a team can continue racing after going through anothers handbook. If a team can continue after fixing a race. If a team can continue after putting white powder in the gas tank. the list goes on and on. Then a simple team order should be overlooked. In the end Ferrari was just getting the points to the driver who has a chance of winning the WDC. And last but not least. HOW can the FIA penalize a team for using team orders when there is only ONE pit box. From the word GO, F1 is set up for some form of team orders. They have been penalized enough. Lets move on.

Jose - Unregistered

August 20, 2010 2:56 PM

"Ferrari need to be thought a lesson!"
If we ALL recognize that all teams give veiled orders all the times, and it happens in every race, from the meetings at the hotel to coded radio trans. then we should recognize the terrible hypocrisy.
No more no less.
Those that ARE free of sins, please cast the first stone. We have to many stoning in this world NOT in just some countries. It is innate to us. Period


August 20, 2010 3:07 PM

Hey, Hasn't anyone put that old mare out to pasture yet. I never cared what you said in the 70's & really don't give a damn what falls out of your trap these days either. Shouldn't you be reading a "Senior's Monthly" quietly on your porch...

Jose - Unregistered

August 20, 2010 3:13 PM

YOU ARE RIGHT 100% regarding stating the obvious.
However WE CANNOT be selective in deciding what is right or not. So, can WE state the obvious if we recognize that giving the better wings to your team mate (wing THAT DOES NOT belong to him, is a way of cheating???? and also team order, some one GIVE THE ORDER to assign the wing to SV.
Let us finish with all this non sense
Jose in Toronto


August 20, 2010 3:18 PM

@Jose, We also cannot compare apples to oranges. There are no rules on the books that I am aware of that prevent a team from picking which member of the team will/should get "the wing". There are rules on the book that are very clear in that there are to be no team orders. They either need to change the rule or enforce it. Then we as fans are not left wondering whats really going on. Its as Niki said "not fair to the fans". Hope you are well Jose. Ed

Jose - Unregistered

August 20, 2010 3:30 PM

Again 100%
However when do we know that the FIA is applying the rules in a fair way and not subject to the ira and interest of a vocal group or individuals able to influence any results. I think that the FIA has also a bit to be blamed for not applying the right rules at the right moment or by being perceived as biased....
Jose in Toronto


August 20, 2010 3:57 PM
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@Jose, I will check that out. As far as the "how do we know" question. Its a terrible analogy but.....how do you know when you have a pet or family member cremated that the ashes you get back are theirs? Just have to accept that they are. Just like you need to believe that the FIA are doing the best as well as most fair job that they can. Unless of course it is blatantly obvious that something is wrong with the decision. "I" have not seen that "lately". I believe that there are some that feel that they have and they are entitled to their opinion. Ed

Mark _

August 20, 2010 4:27 PM

This was not mocking the fans. It was pretty obvious to us what was happening. Mocking the fans would be pretending that there was a problem with the car, calling the driver in for an unnecessary pit stop, or doing a Heiki and driving wide at turn two making it look like a driving error. Face it they are not being punished for team orders they are being punished for not doing a better job of covering them up.

Rob01 - very well put!

richard - I fully agree about Lauda. He must have thought that his high paid "consulting" position was a lifetime pension. He has been bitter towards Ferrari ever since that ended.

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