F1 » POLL: Did Ferrari make the right call?

Were Ferrari right to hand Felipe Massa a five-place grid penalty in Texas?

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splinky - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:12 PM

I find what Alanso / Ferrari did was totally disgusting and unfair to Massa and those drivers that were suddenly forced to start on the dirty side. Which team other than Ferrari would resort to such measures in the same circumstances. Be honest..

I remember - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:28 PM


Dead on. But then it was to help the ever popular Kimi to win the championship, so no harm done.

I also seem to remember Patrese being told to lose a certain 1992 French Grand prix, when Williams were miles ahead of everybody, yet i don't see any english users saying how Mansell was a cheat, and williams a bunch of bad winners...

Phil - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:29 PM

Splinky - Every team would have done the same - and Massa cant really complain - he's lucky to still have a drive - Ferrari have stood by him, when everyone else was saying it was time for him to go - he signed as a number 2 driver - and hes been around Ferrari long enough to know how that works.

Piercarlogassolini - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 12:45 PM

There's a soulution to this so simple the FIA will NEVER think of it. When a grid drop is required on team car A due to a technical reason, and the grid drop would result in team car B getting a grid position advantage, team car B is dropped to one place behind team car A. Its a team sport after all.

splinky - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:00 PM


"Every team would have done the same"

Do you seriously think RBR, Macca, Lotus, Williams, Merc etc would do the same in such a scenario? I think not.

jordi - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:02 PM

To those of you criticizing Ferrari's move, please help me out here ... Are you saying that if you were a team's head and one of your drivers was just 10 points behind the championship leader with 2 races remaining you would not use all the options within the rules to maximize your driver's (and your team's) chances? It is a simple question that can be answered by a yes or no.

Joe - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:27 PM

for those who still think Ferrari cheated, and were wrong. Read this quote

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner said he understood Ferrari's decision.

"It's within the regulations it's a tactical move," he said.

"They obviously made that decision to get Fernando on to the right hand side of the grid and it worked well for him.

"It's within the rules, obviously hard on Felipe but their priority is Fernando."

ferrari forever - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 1:56 PM

The day vettel got his penalty in Abu Dhabi,They changed everything they could on the car.If this is cheating ,Then even vettel was getting advantage of the penalty he incurred.That should also be cheating.

The point is people do try to maximize their chances.Its natural.Although the difference between starting on the two sides is ridiculous.
This shouldnt be the case for the any race start.I dont understand how it makes sense that the third guy has a better advantage than the guy who qualified second.

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