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A Ferrari 1-2 at Hockenheim...but have you got no shame Ferrari?

By Rigval on 30 Jul 2010

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Ferrari has a 1-2 victory at the German Formula 1 Grand Prix at Hockenheim and Ferrari should not be proud about it. The reason was that Felipe Massa, after fighting tooth and nail for P1 against team mate Fernando Alonso and pole sitter Seb Vettel in the early stages of the race had to 'give way' to Alonso, letting Alonso win for the sake of the points in the driver's championship. I have just watched Scuderia Ferrari commit what was supposedly banned (team orders) in F1 by the most cunning way where Massa's engineer had said "So Fernando is faster than you? Can you confirm you understand that message?".

Now of course Ferrari didn't say “Hello. Felipe? Could you move over, give up your precious P1 to your team mate Alonso as he has more points in the driver's championship and we, the people that pay your salary want him to take first place in this race?”

He dutifully did just that in Lap 50, easily allowing Alonso to pass him without even a fight. The worse thing was you could hear the race engineer mutter the word “Sorry” a lap later. If this wasn't a team order I don't know what is. Of course, there was no clear instruction given to Massa, but if the message states "So Fernando is faster than you? Can you confirm you understand that message?" I believe it is as clear as crystal.

I think the whole race was ruined due to this. The whole 67 laps was a waste of time as anyone who expected racing would have found out that it is actually a circus ride. The incredible fight between Vettel of Red Bull and Alonso during the qualifying was wasted. During qualifying, only .002 seconds separated them and most were expecting an epic battle as Germany is Vettel's home race; being German and all. But we got a farce.

Ferrari have stated that they did not use any team orders and have done nothing wrong even if we heard otherwise (of course nothing truly straightforward was said) and are open to an investigation by the FIA. They added that Massa had some gearbox problems that caused Alonso to suddenly get the extra drive needed to overtake Massa. Excuses, excuses. It seems the 'team orders' didn’t go unnoticed by the FIA as they had later summoned team principal Stefano Domenicali, team manager Massimo Rivola and both the drivers for some questioning as few hours after the race. The result was a US$100,000 fine and the matter will be referred to the World Motor Sport Council and the final results of the race may change, which means that there is a possibility for Ferrari to lose it’s 1-2 victory. The fine is a small amount for a team like Ferrari.

Of course one other fact is that we now see that Ferrari have improved its overall performance (regardless of this team order fiasco). Instead of coming behind McLaren or Red Bull, they have won a race, but why can't Ferrari let their drivers race fairly especially when both are in front of the rest of the field? Have you got no shame?

01. Alonso Ferrari 1h28:38.866
02. Massa Ferrari + 4.196
03. Vettel Red Bull-Renault + 5.121
04. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 26.896
05. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 29.482
06. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 43.606
07. Kubica Renault + 1 lap
08. Rosberg Mercedes + 1 lap
09. Schumacher Mercedes + 1 lap
10. Petrov Renault + 1 lap
11. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth + 1 lap
14. De la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap
15. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap
16. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps
17. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 2 laps
18. Glock Virgin-Cosworth + 3 laps
19. Senna HRT-Cosworth + 4 laps

Did Not Finish
Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 58
Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 51
Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 20
Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 4
Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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