Two F1 bosses give their views on the Ferrari team orders controversy

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has expressed his disappointment at Ferrari’s "manipulation" of the German grand prix.

The Ferrari team appeared to instruct Fernando Alonso to pass long-time race leader and team mate Felipe Massa on lap 49 of the race.

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Horner, whose Red Bull team has also been accused of not treating its drivers fairly this season, said the sport was the big loser and feels Ferrari had no reason to do what it did.

“It's a great shame for Formula 1 that the race was manipulated to give one driver a victory over the other,” Horner told Autosport.

“We came in for a lot of criticism in Istanbul for allowing our drivers to race but I think that it’s the fair and sporting thing to do.

“The only losers today are Formula 1. Ferrari are a big enough team that they shouldn't need to do that and Fernando is a good enough driver not to particularly at this point in the season when there are still hundreds of points available.”

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McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh hung back from criticising the Italian team publicly, but said he plans to talk with Ferrari privately about his views on the team orders controversy.

“I don't want to get drawn into it,” said Whitmarsh. “I have my own private views on it. They got a 1-2, but perhaps in a different order from that which people may have thought was right. I will give my private views to Ferrari, but I don't want to go on record and express those views.”

The Ferrari team has been fined $100,000 (£65,000) and could face further sanctions from the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council for illegally using team orders at Hockenheim.

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27 July 2010

It's all nonsense. It's a business, so obviously the losers won't like whatever the winners do to win. Even if one stretches credibility to breaking point, in an attempt to believe that this is somehow still primarily a sporting exercise, then F1 is a team sport meaning that the team's owners and managers are bound, surely, to do whatever they can to ensure the best possible outcome for the team. And let's not pretend there is anything unusual or novel in what happened last weekend - this sort of thing has gone on since the earliest days of motorsport and will continue to go on until the organisers have the gumption to ban offenders rather than handing out fines which, in the overall scheme of things, are neither here nor there.

27 July 2010

Red Bull!!!. I think they lost their chance of an opinion on this sort of thing a few weeks ago....Pot calling kettle...

27 July 2010

ah comments like these from rival team bosses really make me laugh! they'd never make decisions that would favour one driver over another! F1 its a funny ol' game!

27 July 2010

The 'no team orders rule' may be as pointless as it is unenforceable in a team sport, but it's a rule nevertheless. Stefano Domenicali has no right to complain about unfair treatment of Ferrari and their drivers in this or previous races when he refuses to be fair or honest about his team's own actions.

Perhaps this rule is an ass, especially when there's a tight three-team battle in the championship - teams are going to back their top driver (like Williams arguably should have with Piquet and Mansell when they let Prost win in 1986, but Williams are true racers). Let's not forget why the rule was introduced, though - to stop a farcical finish line situation seen in the 2002 US GP between Ferrari's Barrichello and Schumacher.

The thing that still gets me is that the likes of Schumacher and Alonso still celebrate the victories handed to them by their poor team-mates - not very sporting, is it, and devalues their achievements.

27 July 2010

If I were Massa and I had been told to let my team-mate through, I would feel like I'd taken a psychological kick. In competitive sport, talent must mix with attitude to bring about the best results. An event like this will only serve to weaken Massa's confidence and could therefore feasibly affect his form. Even if the switch makes Alonso more likely to win the individual championship, Ferrari may well have just thrown away the constructors' crown.

Further, Ferrari and indeed Alonso himself must have felt that Massa was impeding progress, yet in nearly 50 laps of racing, Alonso was unable to pass Massa. I can only assume that this is caused by 'dirty air'. So, in spite of Alonso seeming more comfortable and faster in the car, he was unable to make that count, meaning that Ferrari were left with the sole option of team orders to alter the race order. Surely, there wouldn't even be any need for team orders in this particular situation if overtaking weren't so painfully difficult and rare.....

27 July 2010

POT , BLACK?, anyone?!

Peter Cavellini.

27 July 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]POT , BLACK?, anyone?![/quote]

You mean Red bull taking the front wing off Webbers car and puting on Vettels, same difference.

27 July 2010

[quote Peter Cavellini]POT , BLACK?, anyone?![/quote]

You mean Red bull taking the front wing off Webbers car and puting on Vettels, same difference.

27 July 2010

What i mean is that all the other teams in the running pretend to be so squeaky clean when they plainly aren't!

Peter Cavellini.

27 July 2010

RB which is bored when Webber is first... :-|

There is a problem.

The race was boring. In another hand, the GP2 and Supercup (a liitle different, it's true) races were very hot!

The problems :

- too much management during the race from the team leaders and the pilots too

- too much downforce

- pit stops

- too much money in the game?

The FIA must have the courage to ban the pit stops, the radio and the telemetry!


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