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Most responses to my last piece, on the result at Hockenheim, were broadly in favour of my view that Ferrari deserves to have the book thrown at them. There were, however, dissenters and in cyberspace there are a lot of people asking what is the difference between Ferrari telling Massa that Alonso was faster and McLaren giving the same advice to Kovalainen at Hockenheim in 2008. You can access video on YouTube.
The answer is simple, in 2010 the Ferraris were in a class of their own and the result was rigged. Ferrari was going to score a 1-2, but Ferrari interfered with the Drivers' Championship. Ferrari awarded the whining Alonso seven points which were not theirs to give.
At Hockenheim, 2008, Hamilton had led from pole and found himself in fifth place after a safety car interlude. Most of the time, team-mates look after their own interests, but they still belong to a team. If one driver can hold up a pursuing pack without weaving, that is legitimate. If a driver lets by a team-mate on a charge, that too is legitimate. Lewis had been in fifth place, but he won and did so by overtaking rivals.
Had McLaren broken the rules in 2008, the stewards would have been on the case because other teams would have lodged protests, led by Ferrari and Renault. McLaren was on probation, following 'Spygate', it was a team under the microscope.
I have been accused of bias because I have addressed Ferrari at Hockenheim and ignored McLaren. Ferrari has been fined, so I am on firm ground. McLaren did not commit an offence so I would have been wrong to say they did. This is a process known in the trade as 'logic', something beyond the grasp of some tifosi.
In Turkey this year, Jenson Button was advised to watch his fuel and this, too, has been seen by some as McLaren team orders. The fact is that cars are not fuelled to run flat-out for a whole race distance, teams calculate the possible intervention of a safety car, or being caught in traffic, to keep weight to a minimum, they have even been known to stop on the lap after the finish so they have sufficient fuel in the tank that a sample can be taken.
Jenson was leading the Championship in Turkey and he is a man not noted for being backward in coming forward with an opinion. There was no conspiracy. Button had briefly taken the lead and Hamilton had responded. They had each done something called overtaking, as McLaren allows them to do. Had they continued to scrap, they may both have run out of fuel. What we are seeing is a return to strategies last used in the mid-1980s when McLaren in particular had fuel problems.
According to some. I am part of a British media conspiracy and that is news to me. There are some British journalists I would not piss on if they were on fire. No national media has a cosy arrangement, every single one of us is in competition with all others in our field. We all compete for your attention. It is the reader who decides.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, if the WMSC rules against Ferrari, the Scuderia may take legal action against the FIA. Nothing like playing to the rules.
The fact is that Ferrari rigged a race result and broke a rule that was introduced because Ferrari rigged results, when it was allowed. I am aware that McLaren have also done so, when it was allowed. There have been other instances, when it was allowed, but the rules in Formula One have never been set in stone. This year there is a different points system. You play to the rules prevailing, or you do not play at all.
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