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F1 team orders were theoretically outlawed at the end of 2002, in the wake of a gauche incident during the Austrian GP. Fans jeered loudly after Rubens Barrichello heeded a call to back off and did so on the approach to the finishing line, allowing Schumacher to score a hollow victory.
This ban was lifted at the end of 2010, largely because it could not effectively be enforced: it had been easy to identify team orders during that summer's German GP, when Felipe Massa blatantly slowed for Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso and the team incurred a $100,000 fine, but rivals were forever issuing coded messages , few of them subtle