So Ferrari got away with it again, after the FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) yesterday elected not to penalise the Scuderia
any more than the $100,000 they had already been fined for dragging F1 into disrepute over the Hockenheim team orders scandal – but was the governing body's decision the correct one?
There was uproar amongst drivers, teams and fans alike when Ferrari blatantly orchestrated a switch of positions between race-leading Felipe Massa and championship-chasing team-mate Fernando Alonso in the 2010 German Grand Prix in late July – and incredulity that in the aftermath of the race, team management refused to believe or accept that they had done anything even remotely wrong.
The Maranello-based outfit was accused of treating the public 'like muppets' for brazenly transgressing the ban on team orders that had been implemented following the Austrian Grand Prix eight years ago when Rubens Barrichello moved aside for team-mate Michael Schumacher practically on the finish line in an 'after you, Claude' fashion to allow the German to take the win. And the perpetrator of that crime? Yes, you guessed it – Ferrari.
So, having again singularly interpreted the rules to suit its own needs, the Prancing Horse has escaped with not so much as even a slap on the wrist, with the inference from the WMSC's conclusion being that it was the regulations to blame rather than the team.
What do you think? Should the FIA have come down harder on Ferrari to make an example of them as a warning to other teams, or in this case did the punishment adequately fit the crime?
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