Ferrari welcome team orders change
Following a fair amount of controversy during the 2010 season, Italian racing team Ferrari have welcomed a change to the “pointless hypocrisy” surrounding the issuing of team orders.
Ferrari have been the victims of a fine this season for issuing team orders, though they were not penalised for the orders due to the fact that previous incidents have gone unpunished by Formula One's governing body, the FIA.
The rule that disallows orders to be issued to drivers by their teams has subsequently been removed by the FIA; this has been welcomed by Ferrari's team principal Stefano Domenicali, who believes that the controversy surrounding the issuing of orders should never have been given a place within Formula One.
After receiving news of the abolishment of punishment for team orders, Domenicali said: "Finally, we have said goodbye to this pointless hypocrisy,
"For us, F1 has always been a team sport. It should be treated as such." added the Ferrari team principal.
Although a clause banning team orders has been removed by the FIA, there is still a key piece of legislation in place which protects the sport against "any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition, or to the interests of motorsport generally".
The Ferrari team principal also commented on a 2010 season that saw his driver Fernando Alonso narrowly miss out on picking up the F1 drivers' championship, and how Ferrari intend to improve their performance in the 2011 season.
"Next season will be very long and we cannot allow ourselves not to make the most of our potential at every race.” said Domenicali.
"In 2010, especially in the early stages, we missed opportunities to pick up valuable points and we paid heavily for that at the final reckoning."
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