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Lauda: Ferrari face a ‘pasting’ from WMSC 19 Aug 2010

Alonso finally gets his man and takes the lead (L to R): Kai Ebel (GER) RTL Presenter with Niki Lauda (AUT).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Race, Valencia Spain, Sunday, 27 June 2010 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari (Centre) in the post race FIA Press Conference with team mate Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari (Left) and Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing (Right).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 11, German Grand Prix, Race, Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, 25 July 2010

Former Ferrari driver Niki Lauda believes the Italian team will be heavily punished by the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) next month for their use of team orders at the recent German Grand Prix.

Ferrari received a $100,000 fine from race stewards after Felipe Massa moved aside to hand team mate Fernando Alonso victory, but the case was also referred on to the WMSC which will meet to consider the matter on September 8, just two days before the start of Ferrari's home Grand Prix.

“What they did in Hockenheim was against all rules,” Lauda told Formula1.com. “Either the rules are changed or everybody observes them. What they’ve done is wrong and they got an immediate punishment - and they will get a pasting from the World Council, that is for sure.”

While acknowledging that opinions differ on the team orders debate, three-time world champion Lauda said that in his view Ferrari’s actions were an insult to the intelligence of Formula One fans.

“You have two models of how to race in Formula One as a team. If you approach it politically then you are in the Ferrari mould. Or you try to give both your drivers equal opportunities and the fans an exciting sport, as Red Bull are doing in letting their drivers compete with each other.

“That is what makes this sport a crowd puller because they see the best guys in the best cars racing each other with a ‘may the best man win’ philosophy - and not mocking the fans with a collusive result.”

The Hockenheim stewards decided Ferrari had breached Article 39.1 of the 2010 Sporting Regulations, which bans team orders that interfere with a race result, and Article 151 c) of the International Sporting Code, by bringing the sport into disrepute.