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German Grand Prix 25/07/2010

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This is just a beautiful picture; Hamilton in his garage.

 

If you haven’t seen or heard about Ferrari’s team order which led to Fernando Alonso’s win, where have you been? (See here and here).

There’s nothing much I can add (I’m not an expert) but I’d just say it was so blatant as to hop the ridiculous border.

Before the change of places Smedley was heard to say:

Alonso is faster than you. Can you confirm you understood that message?
Rob Smedley

Not long after the message was broadcst Massa slowed at the exit of the hairpin and Alonso went pass. Afterwards Smedley told Massa:

OK mate, good lad. Stay with him now. Sorry.
Rob Smedley

The BBC’s Ted Kravitz reported a “flurry of discussion” in the 12 laps leading up to the change of position.

It’s also illegal:

Ferrari clearly orchestrated the change of position and could find themselves in trouble with the sports’ governing body. Article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations says:

Team orders which interfere with a race result are prohibited.

It was also funny to see the whole Ferrari team spinning like pros. During the race on twitter:

Fernando overtook Felipe and now is lkeading the race

Afterward, in the post-race press conference, Alonso was claiming that it was an advantageous overtake. He must think we’re stupid enough to believe that Massa “mistakenly” stopped on track.

Anyway, the Ferrari technical team and drivers have been summoned by the stewards.

There’s also the case that even though Alonso is a very good driver, he has a very bad attitude. He seems to want and even expect to be the favoured driver at any team. You just have to remember his spat with Lewis Hamilton while they were partners at McLaren in 2007. He moved to Renault with a year left on his contract before his latest move to Ferrari. Anyway this hasn’t enhanced my view of him (it was pretty low already).

Finally, let me just say that I think McLaren deserve to win the championship. Their race pace has always been up there, they’ve been developing, even when their cars don’t work well (Silverstone), they still finish well. They also don’t seem to have any intra-team shenanigans unlike the other top teams, Red Bull and Ferrari, just two very good racers racing each other sensibly.

Update: Just thought I’d add that it’s weird that this occurred the same week I found out about the Schumacher-Barichello case at the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix:

 

Update: Jake Humphrey on twitter:

Breakung News – it’s a 100k fine, referal to World Motorsport Council so more sanctions may follow…

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