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Post race debate - Your thoughts on Ferrari team orders in Germany - Favouring one driver over another is up for the vote

Published by Mr. C

Fernando Alonso, a clear number 1 at Ferrari.

On lap 49 of the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Felipe Massa slowed to allow team mate Fernando Alonso past, after receiving coded instructions over the radio a lap earlier.

FIA regulation 39.1 states that: "Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited." Yet Massa's engineer Rob Smedley gave the following message to his driver:

Fernando is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand that message?

- Rob Smedley

Felipe clearly understood what he needed to understand and slowed to allow the sister Ferrari past the very next lap. Rob again returned to the radio and apologised for having to make that call. Teams orders were banned from Formula 1 at the end of the 2002 season, after Ferrari had asked Rubens Barrichello to allow teammate Michael Schumacher past in Austria that year.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner added fuel to the fire in a post race interview with the BBC:

I have to say, that was probably the clearest team order I've ever seen, especially when you've got the team apologising to a driver.

- Christian Horner

What do you make of events in Germany this afternoon? Was Massa the rightful race winner, did Ferrari make the correct call doing what they did, or should the team receive a penalty for its actions today? How do you feel as a fan after watching the race and what would you do if you were in charge?

Updated: After to speaking to both the team and the drivers, race stewards found Ferrari breached articles 39.1 and 151c of the Sporting code. Article 151c covers bringing the sport into disrepute. The team has been fined $100,000 and the case has been referred the matter to the World Motor Sports Council.