F1 » Alonso 'proud' of Ferrari tactics in Texas

Ferrari stirred controversy with their decision to intentionally incur a grid penalty in order to benefit Fernando Alonso. But it worked, and Alonso said he was proud of how they'd handled it.

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November 18, 2012 11:49 PM

Poor Felipe, having to defer to the superstar.
Smart move by Ferrari, may not be cheating this time but let's see how fast (or slowly) the FIA moves to outlaw the move.
McLaren would probably have been disqualified and fined $100,000 if they had done it.

Ah seng Rossi's no1 fan - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:00 AM

wow, what a daring move by ferrari for admitting it is for maximize strategy....

what a dumb rule for 5 place grid penalty.. if it were 6 place grid penalty, ferrari can't play this loop hole...

but on other condition, a 6 place penalty grid would have yield the same result...

but it was smart i must admit...

fiat500 - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:02 AM

personally i didn't like the move, because it was a team order before the race even started...

but having openly admitted that is good style, and puts it in a better light.
basically they're using all the rulebook, nothing dirty about that

Lar - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:08 AM

To be fair to Ferrari They have been consistent right back to Michael Schumacher they have never tried to disguise their cheating. They never had to the FIA would and will never take action against them . How could they start now Todd is ex Ferrari in its great days when FIA stood for Ferrari International Assistance. Historically when Ferrari cant perfect it .. FIA ban it .. When the rules don't suit Ferrari FIA change them and when Ferrari get caught FIA ignore it .

dizzy - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:20 AM

Team order should be banned. If they want to do it, they should do it discreetly without even telling their driver to yield during the race! Ferrari has done many team orders this year even when Massa still have a chance to win. What a disgrace!

I wont be surprised if Ferrari ask Massa to crash his car to Vettel's in Brazil. This will be similar to 2008 Singapore GP scandal where Alonso team mate Piquet was asked to crash his car for Alonso's advantage! I hope this won't happen. But if it did, I'm sure Alonso and Ferrari would be proud of it too!!

Wade - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:31 AM

You can't say any of the other top teams haven't used team orders this year. I remember Webber being told to basically back off a few times this year, because he was faster than Vettel. McLaren have done it a couple of times in the last couple of years as well.

As for the gearbox penalty, it wasn't illegal therefore IT WASN"T CHEATING!!! Maybe this will get the FIA to get rid of this ridiculous rule of a five place grid drop for changing a gearbox.

Rondick - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:31 AM

Can someone please provide some evidence of proof that Ferrari cheated? Please just one shred of evidence... err... ermm no? Then STFU about this cheating... proper cheating is when there is proof... else those who accuse them of cheating is just emitting hot air.

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