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Ferrari threatens civil action

Ferrari reported to be ready to take action against the FIA if it is stripped of points from the German Grand Prix
Ferrari is reported to be ready to launch civil action against the FIA if it is stripped of the points it earned during the controversial German Grand Prix.

According to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, Ferrari is prepared to take action if a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council decides to impose of a points penalty for the breach of regulations that occurred at Hockenheim.

While the team was fined $100,000 by stewards during the weekend for breaching the regulation banning team orders, the decision to refer the matter to the World Motorsport Council means Ferrari face the real prospect of being hit with an additional penalty.

One possible option would be to take away the points earned by Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa during the race, with former FIA president Max Mosley stating his belief that the team should lose the maximum score it secured with its controversial 1-2 finish.

"Both cars and both drivers should lose the points they achieved in the German Grand Prix," he told the German 'paper Welt Am Sonntag. "I will not make any recommendation, but on the facts at the moment there should have been some sporting sanction and not only a fine."

Mosley also insisted that he felt that the ban on team orders should remain in place, despite a number of figures calling for it to be removed.

"Most teams are calling for the withdrawal of team orders, which I can understand, because it's in their interests," he said. "But if we are to meet the needs of the public, who are in their millions, watching races all around the world and ultimately funding the sport, then we need to keep the ban."




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Cubikrube

August 23, 2010 3:29 PM

Someone get me a doctor quickly, i just found myself agreeing with Max! :? On a more serious note, WTF should they get away with it? And WTF should the FIA care about a civil action against them? Surely they make the rules and it is up to the teams to abide by them? Again, the red one's can't keep their mouths shut and i hope this just adds to the fire and the FIA shows them who makes the rules and more importantly, who has to abide by them.



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