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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Minnie Mouse - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 2:30 PM

Ferrari and Alonso and his lap dog Massa discredit the sport once again. The spectre of Alonso and his other lapdog Piquet deliberately crashing in Singapore comes flooding back. Alonso went on to win from his teams treachery and kept all his points with the full blessing of the sports governing bodies. Job done, other than advertising for a new lapdog As long as such activities are accepted as legal tactics, then F1cannot hold its head high as a sport to be admired. The ethics of Wall St have obviously permeated every strain of our lives. Winning at any cost and by any means is sadly all that counts today. Lance Armstrong must have a big smile on his face after witnessing the governing bodies acceptance of Ferraris actions at the USA Grand Prix.

Will Byte - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 3:01 PM

It was absolutely the right call to make. Especially for Seb and Red Bull. You see, Seb is going to win this WC. Moreover, without unsporting tactics as blatant as what we witnessed yesterday (although, of course, Red Bull itself has dipped into just such tactics before). What I am saying is, how much sweeter it will be to lick a fellow aided along by evidently under-hand gimmicks even if they may be legal in the arcane world of Ferrari International Assistance (FIA).

F1 Texan - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 4:04 PM
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Stop being babies. It's a strategic move. What's wrong with that?

When a car qualifies 18, they change gear box and engine and incur the penalties and start in the pit lane. Is that unsporting?

When seb was disqualified in qualy in Abu dahbi. He changed gear box and engine, why? Because its a strategic move.

And get over how Felipe feels. His job is to drive fast and do what Ferrari says. He hasn't driven fast so this happens. Oh well, he still gets his paycheck. You want to get better treatment, drive faster.

Calvin _

November 19, 2012 5:10 PM

It's legal but in no way could you call it sporting. But then, that's Ferrari all over. They'll pull any stunt to win.

But if you think about it, what if another team did the same a bit later and put the Ferrari's back on the dirty side. When would it ever stop? The FIA needs to step in to stop an uncontrollable situation from starting. Why is it a 5 place drop? Why not 4 or 6 or 8? Seems a bit arbitrary to me.

saint - Unregistered

November 19, 2012 5:26 PM

There is a simple solution to this controversy: same as the engine rule - x number of gearboxes per season, over the limit and you go to the back of the grid. But that would be too hard to figure out for the OLD BOYS CLUB at the FIA. If Alonso wins the championship by a few points it will be a shallow victory indeed.

Mark _

November 19, 2012 5:29 PM

Given that both Ferraris were going to start on the clean side maybe Lotus was up to their old tricks by changing Grojean's gearbox thus putting both Ferraris on the green side of the track. Ferrari just undid what Renault did to them.


November 19, 2012 6:18 PM

Horner would have done the same and worse if he had to, the only reason is they are already wining. So there is no need. At the last race Red Bull pit Mark so that Vettel could attack and gain a position and avoid a clash on track.

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