Ferrari’s poor showing at this year’s F1 championship came to an end yesterday as Fernando Alonso controversially led a Ferrari one-two at the German Grand Prix. Apparently, Felipe Massa was given orders by his team to stand down for Alonso, who subsequently won the race.

After a post-race steward’s analysis, Ferrari was fined $100,000 for breaching F.I.A sporting regulations, which states in Rule 39.1: "Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited’. Despite the penalty, Ferrari insisted the incident was "a driver decision" and said no instructions were given to their drivers.

Rob Smedley, a Ferrari race engineer was overheard communicating to Massa over team radio: "Alonso is faster than you. Can you confirm you understand?" It seemed Massa responded by letting Alonso through on Turn Six moments later. Following the move, Smedley added: "Good lad. Just stick with it now, sorry."

Massa took full advantage of the battle between Vettel and Alonso, taking lead at the start, however on lap 21 the Ferrari pair traded places on Turn Six before Massa regained the lead - resulting in Alonso saying on team radio: "This is ridiculous".
Asked to comment on the call afterward, Massa, who looked incensed at the podium and was denied a potential win one year to the day after he fractured his skull in the Hungarian GP, said: "I don’t need to say anything about that. He passed me." Alonso’s win took him to within range of Hamilton, 34 points adrift.

Hamilton, the 2008 world champion, was philosophical about his performance and stated that "the guys in front were phenomenally quick, and I was struggling a little bit with the balance throughout the race. Nevertheless we look forward; we scored some relatively decent points."

Meanwhile, the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher finished in sixth and ninth place respectively while Robert Kubica was seventh for Renault with his team-mate Vitaly Petrov completing the top 10.

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8 comments:

  (228) posted on 09.29.2010

It’s better to say that Rossi is one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time. It’s really hard to compare racers from different eras.

  (570) posted on 08.10.2010

These rumors keep floating around and Rossi has said no to F1 before, stating he likes having more control over a vehicle as in motorcycle racing. I would hate to see him leave Moto GP, but it would be interesting.

  (367) posted on 07.27.2010

With the poor showing still they manage to create a controversy. Hope they could get over it.

mopao  (5) posted on 07.27.2010

massa should move to renault f1,would prop up his career.

mopao  (3) posted on 07.26.2010

feel sorry for Massa;
however 6th was Webber, 7th Kubica and 8th & 9th Rosberg and Schumacher respectively

jonjames  (3) posted on 07.26.2010

massa cant do much if he wishes to continue driving for Ferrari. Might end with a Lawsuit

jonjames  (4) posted on 07.26.2010

Very weak! I know the team does’nt want them tangling with each other, but the faster car must pass for the position. This is Ferrari ’s last ditch effort to get back into the championship. They can forget it because, Red Bull has it wrapped up.

jonjames  (3) posted on 07.26.2010

i feel sorry for massa

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