Originally Posted by Zoli007
Their only mistake was making it so blatantly obvious. As others have said team orders have existed since F1 has existed. Does it make for the best thing to watch, of course not, but its part of the sport.
In the 50's, one driver gave up his CAR to his team mate because his own failed and he needed the points to win the championship. How would you guys react to this now?
The mistake was not even making it seem like Massa made a mistake or something that is not as obvious as pulling over on the straight. My feeling is the FIA will remove their points or do something else draconian.
And Alonso did try to overtake a few times once Massa came back out on the hard tires. Massa shut the door on him and Alonso would have had to divebomb him to get past, so for the sake of the team it makes more sense to have the driver with much more points win while keeping a 1-2 for maximum points. The teams want to win the constructors championship first, but the drivers championship is also important to them and that is the main reason for what happened today.
I do not agree on this point. Driver's championships are the only ones that people remember. 10 years from now, people will want to know who won it, and with what team. Not the other way around.
Alonso is so far away from the championship this year, making it pratically impossible to win it. I know there is many races to go, so I say whoever is in front stays in front. No fighting fo the lead between teammates. If we were later in the season, and a teammate had a legitimate chance of winning the Driver's Championship, then you can do it... but not in an obvious manner.
I'm happy Massa made sure the public, officials, and media saw that it was team orders because he did not deserve to have this done to him at this stage of the season.
But hey, it's no surprise when Ferrari is implicated.