Former Ferrari driver Niki Lauda has hit out at the team over its actions during the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, insisting that what happened was the 'most stupid thing he has ever seen' from the team.
Ferrari imposed team orders during the race by making Felipe Massa cede position to Fernando Alonso during the race, giving the Spaniard his second victory of the year and denying Massa victory on the first anniversary of his accident in Hungary.
Speaking to the Daily Mail
, Lauda said he couldn't understand why the team had taken the decision at this stage of the season any why Massa hadn't been given the opportunity to secure victory himself.
“This was the most stupid thing I have ever seen from Ferrari," he said. "Why did they do it? They did not need to because the Championship is alive for another eight races.
"Why could Massa not have a chance to win, a year since he had the accident that could have cost his life?"
The Austrian also hit out at Alonso for the manner in which he dealt with the press in the immediate aftermath of the race – when he denied that team orders had been used.
"I've never heard a driver talk such bull****," he said. "He has no character."