FIA scraps team orders ban for 2011

The rule prohibiting team orders will be "deleted" from the regulations in 2011, the FIA announced on Friday. After a meeting in Monaco of the World Motor Sport Council, the sport's governing body said the controversial article 39.1 "is deleted"...

The rule prohibiting team orders will be "deleted" from the regulations in 2011, the FIA announced on Friday.

After a meeting in Monaco of the World Motor Sport Council, the sport's governing body said the controversial article 39.1 "is deleted" from the rules.

The regulation - introduced in 2002 - came under the spotlight this season, when Ferrari was penalised $100,000 but otherwise escaped without sanction for switching the order of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso by issuing a clandestine radio message.

Now, teams simply face the prospect of bringing "the sport into disrepute" according to the standard article 151c "and any other relevant provisions" will apply to their actions during Grands Prix.

Also rubber-stamped on Friday was the new four-cylinder turbo engine formula for 2013, including a five-engine per driver limit in 2013 reducing to four engines in 2014.

In 2011, gearboxes must be used for five consecutive races instead of four as was the case this year, and cars will feature moveable rear wings to boost overtaking.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari