Breaking: FIA plans to review team order ban

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The FIA will review the ban on team orders, it says in the release officially announcing that Ferrari will not face additional penalties for its actions during the German Grand Prix.

Here’s the FIA’s World Motor Sports Council statement:

On 25 July 2010, at the Grand Prix of Germany, the Stewards of the meeting found an infringement by the Scuderia Ferrari to the prohibition of team orders interfering with a race result and then decided to impose a fine of $100,000 and to forward the dossier to the World Motor Sport Council for further consideration.

The Judging Body of the World Motor Sport Council held an extraordinary hearing in Paris on 8 September 2010 to examine this matter.

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.

The full decision will be available on the website www.fia.com on 9 September 2010.

So… it looks like the big news is less what has happened to Ferrari and more that the rule banning team orders will be reviewed. So… have at it. Should the FIA change this rule? Totally revoke it? I’ve seen some discussion that the teams would tacitly agree to use team orders as little as possible if the rule were overturned. Would that satisfy you?

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