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Date set for Ferrari hearing

FIA confirms Paris date for World Motor Sport Council meeting over Hockenheim race
The FIA has revealed that the World Motor Sport Council will meet in Paris next month to discuss the team orders issue that emerged at the German Grand Prix.

Ferrari was deemed to have broken the rule banning team orders after a coded message was sent to Felipe Massa while leading the race asking him to move over and allow team-mate Fernando Alonso to come through.

Massa duly slowed to hand the lead to the Spaniard, who went on to secure his second victory of the season.

After the race, Ferrari and its drivers denied any wrong doing but race stewards disagreed with their pleas and handed out a $100,000 fine while also referring the matter to the World Motor Sport Council to discuss possible further sanctions.

The FIA has now confirmed that a meeting will be held on 8 September to discuss the matter further.

The full FIA statement reads as follows:

“On 25 July 2010, on the occasion of the Grand Prix of Germany counting towards the 2010 Formula One World Championship, the Stewards of the meeting, after hearing the persons concerned, noted an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari of:

- Article 39.1 of the 2010 Sporting Regulations ("Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited")
- and Article 151 c) of the International Sporting Code ("Any of the following offences (…) shall be deemed to be a breach of these rules (...) any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motor sport generally").

“In the light of the information in their possession, the Stewards decided to impose a fine of $100,000 on the Scuderia Ferrari and to forward the dossier to the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

“On the basis of that decision and of the inquiry report, and following the receipt of a report sent by the Stewards to the FIA, the FIA President has decided, in conformity with the new rules of disciplinary procedure adopted at his initiative on 11 March 2010, to submit the case to the judging body of the World Motor Sport Council.

“The disciplinary hearing of the World Council will be chaired by the FIA Deputy President for Sport and will take place in Paris on 8 September 2010.”




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anon - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 10:48 AM

It might well have made the German Grand Prix a bit dull from the chance of a "race" for the win. Team orders are bound to happen at somepoint in the Redbull and Mclaren teams, it's in the interest of the teams to win the championship and if team orders are needed then so be it. Personally I think it has livened up the championship as a whole as there are now more driver in with a greater chance of winning. Until the tracks or rules are changed to allow for better overtaking oppurtunities and racing, no racing will ever happen anyway.



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