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Ferrari escape further punishment

Wednesday 8th September 2010

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Ferrari escape further punishment

Ferrari escape further punishment

Fernando Alonso and Ferrari have escaped further punishment for using team orders during the German Grand Prix.

Ferrari were ordered to appear before Wednesday's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris after Hockenheim stewards found them guilty of using a coded message to tell Felipe Massa to allow team-mate Alonso through for the victory.

Alonso and Ferrari faced the prospect of being stripped of the controversial win and/or fined after being charged with breaking article 39.1 and 151.c in the rulebook which state "team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited" and "any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition, or to the interests of motorsport generally" can be punished respectively.

However, the WMSC decided not to punish either party any further and also confirmed that the so-called team-orders rule will be reviewed.

A statement on the FIA website read: "After an in depth analysis of all reports, statements and documents submitted, the Judging Body has decided to confirm the Stewards' decision of a $100,000 fine for infringing article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations and to impose the payment of the costs incurred by the FIA.

"The Judging Body has also acknowledged that article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations should be reviewed and has decided to refer this question to the Formula One Sporting Working Group."

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