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Brawn: Team orders ban not realistic

Ross Brawn says he understands how F1 fans might have been disappointed by what happened on Sunday at Hockenheim.

Mercedes Grand Prix team principal Ross Brawn has said the ban on team orders is no longer workable - and that changes are now needed to 'maintain the integrity of competition and safeguard the sport'.

His comments follow Sunday's controversial German Grand Prix, which saw Ferrari fined $100,000, when the stewards deemed the Scuderia had broken the rules on team orders and brought the sport into disrepute. The matter was also referred to the World Motor Sport Council.

Although the Maranello-based outfit denied any wrongdoing, with Felipe Massa later insisting it was his decision to let Fernando Alonso pass, the incident was heavily criticised, with Niki Lauda, for example, slamming it as the 'most stupid thing he has ever seen' [see separate story - click here].

Brawn now believes it is critical for the rules to be amended: "I understand how F1 fans might be disappointed by what they saw on Sunday," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The rule that bans team orders is not realistic anymore and so the teams and the FIA must together find a transparent solution that maintains the integrity of the competition and safeguards the sport."

Brawn meanwhile, who of course was at Ferrari back in 2002, when Rubens Barrichello was ordered to let Michael Schumacher win the Austrian Grand Prix, something that triggered the ban on team orders, added though that Mercedes would use such tactics if it was in a similar situation to the Scuderia.

"Our drivers are asked to avoid clashing against each other," Brawn continued.

"And if one has the chance to take the title while the other one doesn't, we want both of them to act in the interest of the team without throwing away that opportunity."

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dorisnutscrubber - Unregistered

July 29, 2010 11:19 AM

I think everyone involved in f1 should take a look at some dvd's of the eighties through to 1994 when ayrton senna died. these were the good exciting days of f1,the days when the fans stormed on to the grid at the end of a race to cheer on there favourite winning driver. the days when they had seen close wheel to wheel racing between senna and prost or senna and mansell or mansell and piquet etc etc. not like nowadays where the fans feel cheated at the end of a race and are on sites like this one saying how boring f1 as become. take a look at those old races and see what todays f1 is missing out on.

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