Ferrari fined in team orders fiasco

Ferrari has escaped serious punishment for its actions during the German Grand Prix, but may still face future sanctions after stewards referred the incident to the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council.

The team had been summoned to the stewards’ office, following its decision to reverse Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso’s positions on track.

Subsequently, the move allowed Alonso to take his second victory of the year and propelled himself back into the championship battle.

However, the decision was shrouded in controversy, leading to an outpour of anger from fans and numerous members of the sport’s media.

Subsequently, after much deliberation, the FIA released a statement which judged Ferrari to have breached Article 39.1, for using team orders during race, as well as Article 151c, for bringing the sport into disrepute.

As a result the team has been fined $100,000 for committing the offences, with stewards also deciding to refer the matter to the World Motor Sports Council.

Although it is not yet known if the Maranello-based outfit will face any further punishment, the issue is poised to continue to dominate Formula One for some time to come.