FIA president Max Mosley has warned F1’s championship contenders that team orders will not be tolerated that any evidence of such transgressions “could result in severe repercussions”.

FIA president Max Mosley has warned F1’s championship contenders that team orders will not be tolerated that any evidence of such transgressions “could result in severe repercussions”.


Team orders has been the subject of much debate after being outlawed at the start of the year. With the drivers’ championship so finely balanced (Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher is three points ahead of Williams-BMW’s Juan-Pablo Montoya and seven ahead of McLaren-Mercedes driver Kimi Raikkonen) heading into the US Grand Prix this Sunday, many F1 observers believe that the top teams would need to employ various strategies to benefit their drivers – or disadvantage the opposition – to win the title.


But Mosley this week said that while there was speculation that there are “grey-areas” in the interpretation of the rule banning team orders, the FIA's position was crystal clear.


"Any evidence of team orders will be put in front of stewards, and I mean evidence,” the FIA president said. "The wording of the regulation was done with the agreement of the teams. This has not changed and will be strictly applied. They have already approved a hard line on team orders and the FIA is determined to see it through for the good of the sport.


"It's not just a case of reacting to the blatant use of team orders, we will be looking at everything,” he added. "We do not want the teams to have any illusions about where we stand on this. The FIA stewards can draw inferences from circumstances and take whatever action they think necessary.


Mosley concluded: "There have been comments from teams that this is not a clear cut, but everyone knows when they have crossed the line as far as team orders are concerned."