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.”