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Jordan: Ferrari must pay for treating public like 'muppets'

1996 F1 World Champion Hill subscribes to the belief that with the regulations being so vague and 'fundamentally flawed' on the whole issue of team orders, in this instance it would be wrong to 'throw the book' at Ferrari and that a points penalty or disqualification from the German Grand Prix results would be too harsh, favouring rather a complete clarification of the ruling to avoid such a gross insult to fans' intelligence taking place again.

“Flexing their muscles because they (the FIA) can is not necessarily wise,” the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) President is quoted as having said by The Daily Telegraph, revealing that his suggestion would be to legalise team orders and also offer a means of protection for drivers who choose not to obey them. “I don't think a punishment that big would fit this particular crime.

“Teams say they are not implementing team orders, but we all suspect that what they are doing is indicating to the driver how they would like them to perform, which can't be construed as an order. It is an issue which has been creeping up for some time and has not been addressed, and I think Ferrari might get off because the rules aren't clear. This is where the sport doesn't do itself any favours. It needs a media circus to make the necessary changes. I mean, this is happening four days before the Italian Grand Prix.”

“I don't think the drivers will get a penalty,” added defending F1 World Champion Jenson Button. “If they do get another penalty it will be for the team, because it was an order from the team. Personally, I don't understand why they just don't swap the points around for those two, but you can't do that within the regulations.”

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xanthus - Unregistered

September 08, 2010 8:09 PM

Ferraris only mistake was being so bloody stupid about it. Just look at some of Mclarens more subtle lines to Jensen... Apparently running low on fuel so needed to slow down while catching Lewis at that same race... Backing the pack up at Belgium until Seb took him out, then they had to tell Lewis that the pack was catching him up... How about we just ban radios... thatd put a stop this silly situation...

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