FIA reveals September Ferrari hearing for team orders

By Gareth Llewellyn


Ferrari will attend a World Motor Sport Council disciplinary hearing over alleged team orders at the German Grand Prix just days before their home race next month.

The FIA have scheduled the hearing in Paris for 8 September, just four days before the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, with Ferrari facing further potential sanctions including a points deduction or exclusion from this year’s world championship.

The Italian team were fined £65,000 last month by race stewards—the maximum possible fine—for appearing to order Felipe Massa to let teammate Fernando Alonso through to take the lead of the race at Hockenheim as Ferrari eased to a one-two victory.

Ferrari were charged with breaching rules 39.1 and 151c relating to “team orders which interfere with the outcome of a race are prohibited”, and “any fraudulent conduct or an act prejudicial to the interests of the competition, or the interests of motorsport generally”.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali and his drivers denied team orders were deployed prior to the stewards’ verdict.

Domenicali has since expressed confidence that “the World Council will know how to evaluate the overall facts correctly”.

Team orders are currently banned in F1 following a similar incident involving Ferrari at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix when boss Jean Todt ordered Rubens Barrichello to move over to allow Michael Schumacher through.

Todt is now the FIA president, but will be absent from the WMSC hearing in the interests of fairness, with deputy president Nick Craw chairing the meeting instead.


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