Ferrari should be docked points: Mosley

Berlin: Former FIA president Max Mosley has reignited the debate about the Ferrari team-orders a week ahead of the start of the second race of the season and called for a docking of points.

In an interview published in ‘Welt am Sonntag’ Sunday he said: ‘Both cars and both drivers should lose the points they achieved in the German Grand Prix.’

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso won the race on the Hockenheimring after being allowed to pass by his team-mate Felipe Massa, who went on to finish second. ‘I will not make any recommendation, but on the facts at the moment there should have been some sporting sanction and not only a fine.’

Ferrari were fined $100,000 after the race and the incident will be looked at again at a FIA World Motor Sport Council hearing Sep 8 in Paris.

The present FIA president Jean Todt, who is a former Ferrari team- boss, will not head the hearing, FIA had already announced earlier.

‘That has nothing to do with his position as a former Ferrari employee,’ Moseley, who was replaced by Todt in October, said. The FIA president will be represented by a regular judge at the World Council, Moseley said.

In the hearing in Paris Briton Graham Stoker, who is FIA vice-president, will represent Todt.

Most teams no longer favour the team-order rule, which stipulates that teams are not allowed to favour one driver over the other, Moseley said.

But if you want to satisfy the fans, the ban on team-orders needs to be maintained. ‘If a team introduces team-orders into a race, heavy penalties should be issued,’ he said.


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