Ferrari race ban unlikely says Stewart

Ferrari race ban unlikely says Stewart

Former world champion Jackie Stewart said any action taken against Ferrari for employing team orders in the Austrian Grand Prix is unlikely to result in a race ban. Ferrari have be called to appear before the World Sports Council after their ...

Former world champion Jackie Stewart said any action taken against Ferrari for employing team orders in the Austrian Grand Prix is unlikely to result in a race ban. Ferrari have be called to appear before the World Sports Council after their controversial decision on Sunday to order Rubens Barrichello to move over so Michael Schumacher could take the win.

Jackie Stewart.
Photo by Jaguar Racing.
Fans were outraged and Ferrari have faced harsh criticism from other F1 personnel as well as the press. Team bosses defend the decision as necessary as they're trying to secure Schumacher's fifth title by leaving nothing to chance. Stewart said a ban being imposed is unlikely as it would come into force for the British Grand Prix and attendance might drop as a result.

"The likelihood of the Ferrari team being disciplined in terms of being banned from a race would be very unlikely," he said. "It's a commercial decision of enormous magnitude. The attendance of the British Grand Prix would be severely affected by the fact Ferrari are not allowed to race. That is against the promoter, who has nothing to do with what happened in Austria."

Steward admitted he was disappointed by Ferrari's decision in Austria and it spoiled an exciting race: "I was very, very disappointed and I think shocked by it because I really did believe Rubens was going to win the race, and justly so. I just thought it was a complete anti-climax to what was actually an exciting grand prix."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Jackie Stewart
Teams Ferrari , Jaguar Racing