Ferrari will not appeal its fine for fixing the result of the German GP
26 July 2010

Ferrari has ruled out appealing against the $100,000 (£65,000) fine that it was handed for imposing illegal team orders at the German grand prix.

The punishment came after Felipe Massa handed Fernando Alonso the lead of the race – shortly after he was told his team-mate was quicker than him.

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The World Motor Sport Council has been asked to look into what happened at Hockenheim in addition to the fine. The incident came on lap 49 when Alonso easily swept past Massa on the way out of the turn six hairpin.

Just prior to that, Massa’s race engineer Rob Smedley had told the Brazilian: “Fernando is faster than you. Have you understood that?”

After the race, Massa claimed it had been his decision to let Alonso past and Rob Smedley insisted that his comments were not a hidden message.

The stage was set for controversy when Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull starting from pole made a poor start and started to squeeze the fast starting Alonso towards the inside wall.

In doing so, the left-hand side of the track was left clear for Massa to sweep around the outside into turn one and take the lead.

Initially Massa was quicker than Alonso on the soft tyre but after the pitstops, he struggled on the harder compound. Alonso had an opportunity to pass on lap 21 but afterwards, Massa appeared to have just enough pace to stay ahead of his teammate before he was asked to move over.

Vettel finished third, with the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button driving races of damage limitation in fourth and fifth respectively. Mark Webber in the other Red Bull endured a torrid weekend after a poor qualifying session and oil pickup problems in the race.

Robert Kubica in the Renault finished seventh followed by the Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher. Vitaly Petrov in the other Reanult completed the points positions in tenth place.

Andrew Papworth

Race results

Hockenheim, Germany; 67 laps; 306.458km;1. Alonso Ferrari 1h28:38.8662. Massa Ferrari +4.1963. Vettel Red Bull-Renault +5.1214. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 26.8965. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 29.4826. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 43.6067. Kubica Renault + 1 lap8. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap9. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap10. Petrov Renault + 1 lap11. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap14. De la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps19. Senna HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps

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26 July 2010

I wonder why Ferrari won't be wanting to appeal... what a bunch of cheats! Thankfully I didn't waste nearly two hours watching a race where the winner was decided merely by team politics. Ferrari must be the most arrogant racing team (not to mention car manufacturer) on the planet. What must Massa be thinking?

26 July 2010

If Ferrari are not appealing does this mean they accept they broke the rules, or is this Ferrari trying to keep their heads down a bit, or as I suspect, both.

I feel sorry for Massa in all this. Whilst he is perhaps not entirely blame free (he did slow down afterall), he is in a very difficult position.

26 July 2010

People need to get real and wake up to the fact this is a team competition, in any other sport this would be perfectly acceptable, well done Ferrari for doing what any of the rest of us would do in the same situation. Yes I feel sorry for Massa, but that's life, if he was ahead of Alonso in terms of points then he would have earned his win, as it is Alonso has the better chance of winning the championship, so I say go for it.

By the way, I am a Button fan so not biased towards Ferrari in anyway.


26 July 2010

There was a flurry of texts between friends and myself all disgusted at Ferrari. We're all F1 fans, have been to races, have supported Ferrari, and we're all sorry for Massa who we wanted to see race fairly against his team mate.

Alonso will once again get off with cheating.


26 July 2010

What a farce.
Ferrari have effectively been allowed to buy the right for Alonso keeping Massa's points.

I know its a real cliche to say it these days but, had any other team been caught doing this the penalty would have been points as well as the rather paltry sum of $100,000.

26 July 2010

Well, i'll tell you something, if they go for a full hatchet job on this you can kiss goodbye to F1 as an honest sport, there has been massaging of the rules for decades, the only difference now is that technology and media interest has become a no place to hide Police, you can't do anything, pit to car radio?yes we get to listen to that, cars are followed around the track scrutinized by ex-F1racers,telemetry can be examined independently if cases like this happen.It will be interesting to see what happens in the next 8 races, and who'll dare to flout the law,i bet Bernie's got and eye an ear on this because this is his baby and if F1 gets tarnished anymore his income is going to go bits up.

Peter Cavellini.

26 July 2010

[quote wheats]People need to get real and wake up to the fact this is a team competition, in any other sport this would be perfectly acceptable, well done Ferrari for doing what any of the rest of us would do in the same situation. Yes I feel sorry for Massa, but that's life, if he was ahead of Alonso in terms of points then he would have earned his win, as it is Alonso has the better chance of winning the championship, so I say go for it. [/quote] You need to get real. Both drivers can hardly be on exactly the same points. Massa is still mathematically capable of winning the title so a win yesterday followed by several could have sent him on his way, but no, Ferrari have ruined his chances.


I'm The Ωmega Man, always talking to myself

26 July 2010

Of course Ferrari were not going to appeal their $100,000 fine, they knew that they were bang to rights and run the risk of even greater punishment further down the line. As to whether they are wrong to issue team orders, in my opinion it is a team sport and they are entitled to do as they so wish but if the F.I.A. wish to ban it then as with all rules they have to strictly inforce it. There will be times again in future when team-mates lying one and two mysteriously change positions especially during tyre stops when it will be up to the F.I.A. to prove rule breaking.

26 July 2010

Seems like many of you forgot what happened with the safety car incident a few races back. Alonso followed the rules and droped multiple positions while your beloved Hamilton just powered on to win and have some ineffective penalty. Maybe you guys think that was fair? If you do then I guess thats the reason sports are usually unfair. I'm not an Alonso fan (Kubica) but I can clearly tell you that Hamilton seems like a favorite to the officials, they have been to easy on him in situations where is clearly should have been punished.

26 July 2010

[quote dpodloch]Hamilton just powered on to win and have some ineffective penalty.[/quote]

The stewards of the race didn't ignore what happened, they just had to ensure that they had the evidence to convict Hamilton. That took a bit longer than everybody would have liked, but he didn't get away with hit. Remember too that the race director was busy with the safety car and cleaning up all the debris off track too.


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