The FIA took a surprising decision recently placing back team orders into legal territory and quashing its earlier judgment classifying team orders as break of the sport’s law. One may recall that the laws were passed after Ferrari was slammed for using team orders in one infamous Austrian Grand Prix in 2002. Ferrari is the team most involved in the whole controversy over team rules (ok, maybe its McLaren, but Ferrari is more officially reported, atleast by the British press ).
Stefano Domenicali welcomed the FIA decision to lift the ban on team orders calling the ban pointless hypocrisy. A statement on Ferrari’s media website read :
“Finally, we have said goodbye to this pointless hypocrisy,” said Domenicali to the waiting microphones of several TV companies that greeted him at the end of the meeting.
“For us, Formula 1 is a team sport and we have always maintained that viewpoint and it should be treated as such. The regulations already include points that prevent certain situations being managed in an extreme manner. The decision taken yesterday is very important.”
Interesting viewpoint there. I am not sure I fully agree, team sports doesn’t mean that you should manipulate finishing order.