Formula 1’s ruling body has agreed to dispense with the current ban on the use of team orders from 2011 in the wake of its meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Friday.

The FIA has announced it has lifted its team orders ban Officially, “the article forbidding team orders (39.1) is deleted” from the sporting regulations, reads a statement from the group.

But to confuse matters, the FIA has said that use of team orders could still bring the sport into disrepute, and have kept the rule allowing it to punish teams for their actions if it deemed fit.

“Teams will be reminded that any actions liable to bring the sport into disrepute are dealt with under Article 151c of the International Sporting Code and any other relevant provisions,” the statement adds.

The row over the use of team orders came to the forefront at this year’s German Grand Prix, where Ferrari instructed Felipe Massa to cede his lead of the race to Fernando Alonso.

Ferrari was slapped with a $100,000 fine for its actions being contrary to the sport’s interest, but managed to escape further punishment on the basis of an apparent lack of evidence…

To keep fans more in the loop, the teams have been instructed to release all pit-to-car radio communications to broadcasters from the 2012 season.

[Original image via GP Update]

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