Sections of the international press have vented their displeasure after the FIA controversially decided not to penalise Ferrari above the $100,000 fine for its imposition of team orders at the German Grand Prix.
Brazil’s Globo website has reacted to the news by photoshopping the FIA logo on the engine cover of the Ferrari F10 (pictured), perhaps suggesting that “FIA” stood for “Ferrari International Assistance”!
Although the FIA’s full findings are yet to be published, certain sections of the press feel that the penalty – amounting to a day’s wages paid to Fernando Alonso, the winner of the race under contention – was little more than “a slap on the wrist”, as the Daily Mail described it.
“It was like giving a £40 parking ticket to a supercar owner who finds it easier to break the law by parking outside Harrods than find a legal spot,” the paper added.
The newspaper also criticised the governing body’s decision to revisit the rule banning team orders that it imposed in the wake of the 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, which the daily likened to “[ripping] up its own rule book”.
The team itself reacted to the verdict by expressing its “appreciation” to the FIA for not imposing further sanctions.
Its official statement made no reference to denying any collusion to affect the outcome of the race, which itself could be interpreted as an admission of guilt that was so clearly lacking in the weeks leading up to the hearing.
[Original image via Globo]
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