FIA ask fans opinion

In the wake of Ferrari's unpopular team orders in Austria and the subsequent $1million fine imposed upon the team, the FIA is set to ask the fans opinion on team orders and how rules could be enforced to ban them. Max Mosley, president of the FIA,...

In the wake of Ferrari's unpopular team orders in Austria and the subsequent $1million fine imposed upon the team, the FIA is set to ask the fans opinion on team orders and how rules could be enforced to ban them. Max Mosley, president of the FIA, said yesterday that Formula One's governing body was in a difficult situation in the Ferrari case: the team could not be penalized for team orders as they are not illegal.

However, the tactics employed by Ferrari were bad for F1, Mosley believes, and now the FIA are calling for fans to give their opinions of whether team orders should be done away with and how such a rule could be upheld.

"The issue of team orders is a very complex question, but what happened in Austria was undoubtedly bad from a sporting point of view," Mosley said. "Therefore, we are setting up a working group and we will also open up a website and invite members of the public to come forward with their suggestions."

"Should there be a rule on team orders? And if so, how should it be enforced and what will the penalty be if it's breached? At the moment we honestly cannot think of a solution and that's why we are opening it up to the public."

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