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Missed Chance: FIA Let Ferrari Off the Hook at Team Orders Hearing

Today saw Ferrari escape further sanctions from the FIA over the "team orders" incident at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July. Many suggestions were made over potential punishments. These ranged from a lenient slap on the wrist, to a strong points penalty, and even the absurd suggestion of throwing the team out of the championship. In the end, Ferrari were only made to pay the legal fees for the hearing. Let's start with some background to the story. At the start of the German Grand Prix, Felipe Massa jumped pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso. After a couple of failed overtaking attempts, Alonso dropped back from the Brazilian. Following the stops, at about two-thirds distance, Massa received a radio ...

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