Ferrari punishment could affect the season standings, but that seems — seems, I stress — unlikely right now. Questions of what the team order controversy will do to Felipe Massa’s season, or even his career, have so many factors — human above all else — that it is hard to come to a solid conclusion.
But there is no denying that the race on Sunday has opened up one of Formula 1’s dirtier little “secrets”: Team orders are banned, but team orders exist.
And so the question being raised — by the likes of David Coulthard and Bernie Ecclestone — is whether it is time to do away with this rule. To rip back the veil, so to speak, and let what goes on go on.
Formula 1 is a team sport, after all. And as Bernie says:
â€œAs far as Iâ€™m concerned a team is a team, and they should run it whichever way they want to run it.
â€œNobody should interfere as to how they run their team.
â€œBut of course if they do something thatâ€™s dangerous then obviously theyâ€™re going to be in trouble, otherwise get on with it.â€
So, the big Your View for the week: Should F1 get rid of the ban on team orders?