The FIA has taken a conciliatory line towards the question of Ferrari’s apparent infringement on the ban on team orders, which saw Felipe Massa concede victory in the German GP to Fernando Alonso.
The governing body’s World Motor Sport Council decided yesterday that it would also initiate a detailed investigation into the whole question of team orders, but have imposed no extra penalty on the Italian team beyond the $100,000 fine imposed at Hockenheim.
With the Italian GP at Monza coming up this weekend, you could almost hear the sigh of relief from Maranello!
The FIA also took the opportunity to reject any of the applications to fill the slot as 13th team on the starting grid next year on the basis they found none of the applicants – including former world champion Jacques Villeneuve’s proposed collaboration with the Durango organisation – as not being up to the requisite standard.
It was also announced that the 2011 title chase will be staged over 20 races – one more than this season – with a new fixture in India on the list for the first time, pending circuit approval, of course.