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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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James Montgomery

September 08, 2010 1:31 PM

For once I agree with EJ, Ferrari did treat us like muppets after the race by insisting it wasn't team orders when it blatently was. I don't mind team orders... as long as they don't do it in such a pathetic manner like Ferrari did.... Half of this would have been avoided if Smeddly didnt make it so obvious... then keep on appologising to Massa at the end of the race.... so why people are praising him for keeping his mouth shut... I don't know why because it was him who more or less started this whole mess! Eitherway Ferrari shouldn't be punished on how its affected the audience... they should be punished on plain and simply, breaking a rule!

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