Thursday, September 9, 2010

Alonso faces team orders grilling

Fernando Alonso
Alonso won the German Grand Prix in controversial circumstances.

Fernando Alonso has tried to put the team orders controversy behind Ferrari after the FIA decided against further punishment for the Italian team.

"I think we were very concentrated on Monza already," said Alonso, referring to Sunday's Italian Grand Prix.

"We're aware of the FIA's decision and we respect it, but that's the past."

Ferrari had already been fined $100,000 (£65,100) in July for using banned team orders when Felipe Massa allowed Alonso through at the Germany Grand Prix.

Fifth in the standings, 32 points ahead of Brazilian Massa going into Sunday's race, Alonso faced a barrage of questions about Wednesday's decision when the FIA announced it will review the rule banning team orders, but would not impose any further sanctions on Ferrari.

If team orders are allowed, I don't think a huge amount changes

Red Bull driver Mark Webber

"We've already talked too much over the August break about the German incident," added Alonso.

"But I'm happy to see that the FIA will try to go deep in the rules and try to clarify if there is anything that is not completely clear in the rules.

"We will all be more clear about everything."

Wednesday's decision, which was made could yet be critical to Ferrari's championship chances, with only six races left to run.

Asked if he won the title whether he would have done so fairly, Alonso immediately replied: "Yes."

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Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who is second in the championship three points behind Lewis Hamilton, forecast that the FIA would have a difficult job when it reviews the rule banning team orders.

"When you go through it deeply, it's not easy to make a strong stance on this. It wasn't an easy one for Ferrari because Felipe did not have that many points but maybe it was a bit early in the championship.

"If in the future the team has to make a decision like Ferrari have then it's up to them," said the Australian driver.

"McLaren will do the same in the future, let me guarantee you that, if they need to. Ferrrari did that because Felipe had a tough start to the season and Fernando had some momentum behind him.

"If team orders are allowed, I don't think a huge amount changes. The teams will go to each venue with the same cars prepared and do everything they can to win the constructors' championships.


"If they see at any point in the championship you might want to swap positions, then that might happen.

"If you're in a position where you have to do that yourself, it's not ideal, but if you don't like it, go somewhere else. It's not ideal, but that's how it's been for the last 60 years in F1."

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