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Mosley: Alonso title win could devalue F1

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29/10/2010

Former F1 president Max Mosley has said that if Fernando Alonso should win the 2010 title by seven points or less it could devalue the Formula One World Championship.

The Englishman is referring to the seven points the Spaniard gained as a result of the team orders incident at the German Grand Prix. Although hit with a 100,000 fine both Ferrari and its drivers escaped further punishment when they subsequently went before the FIA, a decision that has pretty much polarised opinion in terms of fans, the media and the F1 paddock.

Speaking before Ferrari's appearance before the World Motor sport council last month, Mosley said that in his opinion both the team and its drivers should forfeit their points.

"On the facts at the moment there should have been some sporting sanction and not only a fine," he told Welt am Sonntag, "both cars and both drivers should lose the points they achieved. If a team introduces team-orders into a race, heavy penalties should be issued."

Speaking today, Mosley told BBC's 5 live: "I did feel at the very least that the extra points that Alonso got by overtaking Massa under team orders should have been taken away.

"That's the absolute minimum," he added, "because if by any chance Alonso were to win the championship with a margin less than the seven points that he picked up, I would say illegitimately in Hockenheim, it would devalue the championship. But that's just a personal view."

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