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Mosley: An Alonso title in 2010 could 'devalue' F1

29 October 2010

Former FIA President Max Mosley – a man who once courted controversy by openly admitting that he considered Ferrari to be the most important team in F1 – has expressed his opinion that should Fernando Alonso claim the 2010 drivers' crown for the Scuderia by less than the seven points he inherited at Hockenheim, 'it would devalue the championship'.

The German Grand Prix back in July has been one of the undeniable flashpoints of a gripping season in the top flight to-date, when it was implicitly suggested to race leader Felipe Massa over the Brazilian's pit-to-car radio that the pursuing Alonso was 'faster' than him. The clear inference was that the Paulista might want to think about allowing his team-mate past, which he duly did.

A nominal $100,000 fine for bringing the sport into disrepute – scarcely the first time Ferrari had been accused of such a crime – was meted out that very same day, but after a subsequent FIA World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) hearing contentiously judged that there was insufficient evidence to prove that team orders had been issued, and with the whole matter being deemed a grey area within the rules, no further punishment was handed down.

That was despite Mosley's successor Jean Todt publicly conceding that he strongly suspected team orders had been implemented – and the governing body's apparent leniency towards a team that has often been suspected of receiving preferential treatment from F1's powers-that-be did nothing to placate the conspiracy theorists' fears.

In being allowed through to triumph in Germany, Alonso gained seven points – and Mosley contends that should the double F1 World Champion ultimately go on to clinch a third title by that figure or less this year, it will be something of a hollow success story and will reflect badly upon the sport.

“I did feel at the very least that the extra points Alonso got by overtaking Massa under team orders should have been taken away,” the 70-year-old Englishman told the BBC. “If by any chance Alonso were to win the championship with a margin less than the seven points that he picked up, I would say illegitimately, at Hockenheim, it would devalue the championship – but that's just a personal view.”


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