Originally Posted by TrackRat
Despite all your emotion, there was no cheating. It's not illegal to allow your teammate to pass you. What's illegal is for the team to manipulate the outcome by giving team orders. Technically Ferrari did not give any team orders. They told Massa that Alonso was faster and asked if he understood. Technically that is not telling him to allow Alonso to pass. You'd never make that stick in a court of law.
That being said, all teams use team orders to control their destiny so it's pointless to have a fantasy FIA rule to appease the technically clueless fans and media. If you don't understand F1 is a team sport, then you're already hopelessly lost.
It is what it is - a team sport and the team has an obligation to do what is best for the team and they all do it. Before 2003 there was no rule, because most people except for some fans and media, actually understand F1 racing is a team sport and the drivers drive for the team as directed.
So, where was all of Alonso's team support and spirit when he bitched on the radio in illegible words about not being able to pass Massa?
The message wasn't simply, "Alonso is faster." The message was, "Alonso is faster, can you confirm that you understand this message?" The latter being well and above more telling I think.