27 Jul 2010

Jordan says team order rule in F1 needs changing

11:55 am on 27 July 2010

Former Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan says the rule banning teams from giving orders to their drivers that affect the outcome of a race should be dropped.

Ferrari were fined $140,000 for appearing to give Felipe Massa a coded order to allow Fernando Alonso through to win Monday's German Grand Prix.

The rule was introduced in 2002 after Rubens Barrichello gifted a win to then Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher.

Jordan was suprised by the severity of the fine, the maximum the stewards were allowed to impose.

He says it's out of line with the usual $50,000 fines.

The former F1 driver says the rules about team orders is clear, but in a port like Formula One it can leave teams in a dilema.

Ferrari's actions at Hockenheim have divided opinion in Formula One circles, with the Italian team coming in for heavy criticism from the likes of Red Bull chief Christian Horner.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher, who infamously benefited from Ferrari team orders when he overtook Barrichello metres before the finish line in Austria in 2002, supported his former team's behaviour.

On top of the fine, the team has also been referred to the sport's governing body, the FIA, which has the power to impose further sanctions, such as a points deduction or a racing ban.