Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has not unexpectedly expressed his delight at the FIA’s decision to overturn the ban on team orders from the 2011 season onwards.

The sport’s governing body was forced to examine its soft position on team orders after it instructed Felipe Massa to cede his lead of the German Grand Prix to team-mate Stefano Domenicali is happy the ban on team orders has been liftedFernando Alonso.

Ferrari was fined for breaching Article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations (the rule prohibiting the use of team orders) and bringing the sport into disrepute, but the squad avoided further sanctions after an extraordinary hearing of the World Motor Sport Council in the FIA Court of Appeal.

And yesterday, the FIA confirmed that it would relax its ban on team orders from 2011, but added that teams could still be prosecuted if their actions bring disrepute to the sport.

“The regulations already include points that prevent certain situations being managed in an extreme manner,” Domenicali said following the announcement, adding: “The decision taken … is very important.”

Domenical added his confidence that the new ruling will ensure fair competition in the sport moving forward.

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