Fernando Alonso leads teammate Felipe Massa in the 2010 German Grand Prix – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you followed yesterday's 2010 German Grand Prix, you'll remember that Felipe Massa mysteriously (not really) slowed late in the race, allowing his teammate Fernando Alonso to take the lead and the eventual win. Although this type of teamwork has been going on since the first two-chariot entry at the Circus Maximus, team orders are technically no longer allowed in Formula 1. As if the on-track maneuver wasn't obvious enough, the radio chatter between Rob Smedley and the drivers made it pretty clear what was going on. And that radio chatter is monitored, so it wasn't surprising that soon after the race an inquiry began into Ferrari's tactics.

Well, the official word has come that Ferrari has been fined $100,000 for breaking the Sporting Regulations during the German Grand Prix. The stewards have also referred the matter to the World Motor Sports Council, meaning the result of the race could be in jeopardy. But for now the results stand.

Massa, probably stung by the call to move aside, admitted after the race that he let Alonso past, but he said he did it on his own accord. Ummmm... okay. Ultimately the driver has the final decision, but if he wants to return to the driver's seat next season he'll usually want to heed the advice of his team boss.

The official statement tells us that the stewards found Ferrari guilty of breaking article 39.1 of the Sporting Regulations, which forbids team orders that influence the outcome of the race. They also charged that Ferrari transgressed article 151c of the International Sporting Code, relating to bringing the sport into disrepute, the same section that McLaren was famously busted for back in 2007. Thanks to everyone for the tips.


  • Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany leads the pack at the start to the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
  • Race cars build the pack that waits for the start to the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
  • Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, leads the pack at the start to the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
  • Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives on the pole position during the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, July 24, 2010. Sebastian Vettel of Germany has edged Fernando Alonso to take pole position for the Formula One German Grand Prix. Vettel's Red Bull was .002 seconds faster than Alonso's Ferrari on Saturday to give the German his sixth pole of the season. Felipe Massa of Brazil in the second Ferrari, who was third, and Mark Webber in the second Red Bull complete the two front rows for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car to win the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, July 24, 2010. The race will take place on Sunday(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Ferrari Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa of Brazil steers his car to finish third the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, July 24, 2010. The race will take place on Sunday(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton of England steers his car during the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, July 24, 2010. The race will take place on Sunday(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • The car of Force-India Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi of Italy stands at the track after crashing during the qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, July 24, 2010. The German Grand Prix will take place on Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer/)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car to finish second in the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, July 24, 2010. The race will take place on Sunday.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher drives during the qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, July 24, 2010. Schumacher placed 11th. Sebastian Vettel of Germany has edged Fernando Alonso to take pole position for the Formula One German Grand Prix. Vettel's Red Bull was .002 seconds faster than Alonso's Ferrari on Saturday to give the German his sixth pole of the season. Felipe Massa of Brazil in the second Ferrari, who was third, and Mark Webber in the second Red Bull complete the two front rows for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil finishes third palce during the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, July 24, 2010. Sebastian Vettel of Germany has edged Fernando Alonso to take pole position for the Formula One German Grand Prix. Vettel's Red Bull was .002 seconds faster than Alonso's Ferrari on Saturday to give the German his sixth pole of the season. Felipe Massa of Brazil in the second Ferrari, who was third, and Mark Webber in the second Red Bull complete the two front rows for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives on the second place during the Qualifying at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Saturday, July 24, 2010. Sebastian Vettel of Germany has edged Fernando Alonso to take pole position for the Formula One German Grand Prix. Vettel's Red Bull was .002 seconds faster than Alonso's Ferrari on Saturday to give the German his sixth pole of the season. Felipe Massa of Brazil in the second Ferrari, who was third, and Mark Webber in the second Red Bull complete the two front rows for Sunday's race. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari's Brazilian driver Felipe Massa leads at the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, during the Formula One German Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil leads the pack at the start to the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Felipe Massa of Brazil leads the pack right after the start the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Ferrari's Fernando Felipe Massa, in front of Fernando Alonso, left, overtakes Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, right, at the first curve of the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. Alonso won the race in front of Massa and third placed Vettel. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari's Spanish Fernando Alonso drives ahead of Red Bull's German Sebastian Vettel and McLaren Mercedes' British Lewis Hamilton at the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, during the Formula One German Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari (R) crashes into his Swiss team mate Sebastien Buemi at the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, during the Formula One German Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Toro Rosso's Spanish driver Jaime Alguersuari (R) crashes into his Swiss team mate Sebastien Buemi at the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, during the Formula One German Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa drives ahead of Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso at the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, during the Formula One German Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa drives ahead of Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel at the Hockenheimring circuit on July 25, 2010 in Hockenheim, during the Formula One German Grand Prix. AFP PHOTO / GUILLAUME BAPTISTE (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME BAPTISTE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Ferrari's Felipe Massa of Brazil leads in front of teammate Fernando Alonso of Spain at the first turn of the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari's Felipe Massa of Brazil leads in front of Fernando Alonso of Spain , and Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, from Germany during the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alsonso from Spain leads team mate Felipe Massa from Brazil to win the German F1 race at the race track in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Winner Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain stops with his car in the pit lane during the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates with his team after passing the finish line as winner of the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, center, closes his eyes during the national anthem after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil, left, finished second, German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, right, finished third. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain celebrates after winning the German F1 Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
  • Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, lifts the trophy next to second placed Felipe Massa of Brazil after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
  • Ferrari's Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, sprays champagne to second placed teammate Felipe Massa of Brazil, left, on the podium after winning the German Formula One Grand Prix in Hockenheim, Germany, Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)


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